Springboks hold a special place in the heart of many South Africans, because it is the country's national animal and the name of their national rugby team.
A magnificent sight in the bush is most certainly watching the springbok jump. Their name literally translates to "jump antelope". When they jump they arch their back and their feet come together, off the ground, as they leap gracefully through the bush. This is a bit of a playful taunt to predators, signalling that the springbok is not only aware of the predator's presence, but too fit and fast to be hunted down. When springboks engage in this activity it is known an pronking. It is also used to startle predators by leaping suddenly out of the grass, also serving as an alarm to other animals that predators are close by. Pronking is also used to attract potential mates, by showing off how fit and healthy they are.
There are occurences of black springboks in the bush as well. This distinction in colour is merely due to an excess of melanin, which gives them a darker appearance. The black springbok usually does not live as long, because their darker colour makes them more conspicuous during the day and thus they cannot protect themselves by blending into their environment. This melanistic aspect is also found in leopards and cheetahs. When the opposite occurs, the animal is known as an albino – an example being the white lion.
Springboks are abundant at Inverdoorn and even black springboks have been spotted.