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The pronghorn antelope is a bit of an odd animal in that they are the only remaining member of the family antilocaprids which were plentiful during the Miocene (23.03 to 5.33 million years ago*) and Pliocene (5.332 to 2.588 million years ago*). It was during these eras that grasslands, the pronghorn's current niche, underwent major expansion as cooler and dryer climates existed.
Pronghorns are the fastest animal in North America reaching speeds from 43 to 53 m.p.h. and are second only to the cheetah as the fastest land animal in the world. They can actually achieve fast speeds for much longer distances than the cheetah, however.
Even though the pronghorn is built for speed, they are extremely poor jumpers and are known to climb underneath most barbed wire fencing. This has led efforts to install barbless bottom wires on many western fences to help avoid injury to pronghorns moving through various ranches.
Medium: Graphite and Colored Pencil
Paper: Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Plate
Image Size: 5" x 8"
Edition: Open Edition
January 10, 2016
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