While most ungulates are "tiptoers", the klipspringer is the only artiodactyl to take this to the extreme, standing on the very tips of its hooves. Klip is Afrikaans for rock and Springer is Afrikaans for jumper: hence klipspringer means "rock-jumper". Oros (Greek), genitive oreos, a mountain; tragos (Greek) a he-goat.
This species ranges in central Nigeria , north C.A.R., east Sudan and Ethiopia southwards to southern Africa and westwards to south former Zaire , Angola and Namibia (Wilson & Reeder, 1993; East, 1996). Its distribution map was first obtained by acquiring and overlaying maps in East (1990) and Skinner & Smithers (1990), then refined using country maps in East (1988, 1989, 1990). Dr. R. East revised ( 23 June '97 ) the map
Categorical-discrete (CD) distribution model
The species is confined to rocky outcrops in mountains, hills and along rivers (Kingdon, 1997; East, 1988, 1989, 1990).