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Pronghorn are reddish-brown, deer-like creatures with white stomachs, 2 white stripes across their throats, and branching horns. They can be found year-round on the North American plains from southern Saskatchewan to northern Mexico. They're approximately 3 ft tall. Females weigh less than males. Large eyes located near the back of their head provide excellent vision. They can spot predators from up to 3 miles away.

Pronghorn travel in small groups and eat grasses and shrubs. They signal danger by raising the fur of the large white patch on their rump. Although they resemble and are often referred to as Antelope, they belong to a different family. Their closest living relatives are Giraffe and Okapi.

Did you know? Pronghorn are the second-fastest animal in the world with amazing endurance thanks to long legs and a large heart and lungs. They can sprint up to 70 mph.

See Also: Mule Deer, White-tailed Deer