This beautiful pronghorn antelope would make an incredible addition to any room with a Western or rustic decor. His thick hair and large horns make him a top-notch specimen. He also has exceptional coloring and detail resulting in our taxidermy quality rating of Excellent.
- Product Rating: Excellent
- Left Horn: 14 3/4"
- Right Horn: 14 3/4"
- Approx 32" tall X 21" deep X 11" wide
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Scientific Name: Antilocapra americana
The pronghorn is a species of artiodactyl (even-toed, hoofed) mammal indigenous to interior western and central North America. Though not an antelope, it is often known colloquially in North America as the American antelope, prong buck, pronghorn antelope, prairie antelope, or simply antelope because it closely resembles the true antelopes of the Old World and fills a similar ecological niche due to parallel evolution.
It is the only surviving member of the family Antilocapridae. During the Pleistocene epoch, about 12 antilocaprid species existed in North America. Three other genera (Capromeryx, Stockoceros and Tetrameryx) existed when humans entered North America but are now extinct.
As a member of the superfamily Giraffoidea, the pronghorn's closest living relatives are the giraffes and okapi. The Giraffoidea are in turn members of the infraorder Pecora, making pronghorns more distant relatives of the Cervidae (deer) and Bovidae (cattle, goats, sheep, antelopes, and gazelles), among others.
The pronghorn is the symbol of the American Society of Mammalogists.