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Antelope Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

Antelope are a type of mammal that look a lot like deer. Have you ever wondered where they live, what they eat, or how they grow up? This lesson will introduce you to Albert the antelope and teach you all about his diet, habitat, and life cycle!

What Are Antelope?

Meet Albert the antelope! He is a type of animal called a mammal. A mammal is an animal that has fur, is warm-blooded, and gives birth to live babies. All antelope have hooves, which are hard protective coatings on their feet. All antelope have horns; in some types of antelope, both males and females have horns, and in others, just the males have horns. Antelope use their horns to protect themselves from predators. Albert is a medium-sized antelope and is about 5 feet long. Did you know that antelope can be as long as 8.8 feet long?

What Do Antelope Eat?

Albert and most of his friends are herbivores. An herbivore is an animal that only eats plants and no meat.

These antelope are eating hay.
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However, some of Albert's antelope friends do eat bugs and other small animals. Antelope have strong teeth that help them chew up their food.

Where Do Antelope Live?

Albert and his family live in Asia in the grasslands. Most other antelope live in Africa, and most of them either live in grasslands or in plains, which is an open area of flat land. Some antelope live in the Middle East. Albert and his family live in a group of antelope called a herd, but antelope can also live by themselves.

a herd of antelope in the grasslands
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How Do Antelope Grow?

Baby antelope are called calves. They are usually born by themselves, but sometimes are born with one other antelope!

Albert when he was a baby antelope
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When they live in the wild like Albert, antelope can live to be 8 to 10 years old. If they live in captivity, like a wildlife preserve or a zoo, they can live to be older than 10.

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