Antelope are members of a number of even-toed ungulate species indigenous to various regions in Africa and Eurasia. They are included within the family Bovidae, encompassing those Old World species that are not cattle, sheep, buffalo, bison, or goats. Antelope, however, are generally more deer-like than other bovids. A group of antelope is called a herd.
Often known in North America as the American antelope, prong buck, pronghorn antelope, prairie antelope, or simply antelope, these animals closely resemble the true antelope of the Old World and fill a similar ecological niche due to parallel evolution.
The scientific name of the pronghorn is Antilocapra americana. The pronghorn is the sole extant member of the family Antilocapridae. This species was first described by American ornithologist George Ord in 1815. The pronghorn were first seen and described by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, but were not formally recorded or scrutinized till the 1804–1806 expedition by Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark. The expedition, which explored water routes in the continent for commercial purposes, led to the discovery or formal recognition of a variety of flora and fauna of North America. Following the discovery of a few subspecies of the sharp-tailed grouse, Lewis and Clark came across the pronghorn near the mouth of the Niobrara River, in present-day Nebraska.
Speed goats like these are common in Wyoming and of course, Colorful Colorado!
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