Our Animals

Pronghorn

Pronghorn are among the speediest animals in North America. They can run at more than 53 miles an hour, leaving pursuing coyotes and bobcats in the dust. Pronghorn are also great distance runners that can travel for miles at half that speed.

Unusual Relatives

Pronghorn are reddish-brown, but have white stomachs and wide white stripes on their throats. When startled they raise the hair on their rumps and necks and emit a smell similar to Fritos chips. Pronghorn are often called antelope but are actually much more closely related to giraffe and okapai.

Did you know?

Both male and female pronghorn grow their namesake horns, though the males are bigger and more impressive. They shed the sheath of these horns every year in the late fall.

Common Name Pronghorn

Scientific Name Antilocapra americana

Type Mammal

Status Least Concern

Diet Herbivore

Life Span 11 Years