The springbok is the national animal of South Africa. It is a medium-sized brown and white gazelle that roams the open plains and grasslands of the dry inland areas of southwestern Africa. Their natural habitat extends from the northwestern part of South Africa through the Kalahari Desert into Namibia and Botswana. Springboks occur in numbers of up to 2.5 million in South Africa alone.The springbok is categorised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as “Least Concern” as the species is widespread and one of the most abundant antelopes of the southern African region. There are no threats to its long-term survival.
Both male and female springbok have distinctive horns which average 35cm in length. Springboks are regularly farmed for their meat and the horns are merely disposed of. The horns are therefore obtained as a bi product of existing farming practices.
The springbok horn is a signature feature on every Okapi bag. Each horn is sustainably and ethically sourced from the Karoo region of South Africa. The springbok horns are prepared by hand at the source and polished by local artisans in the Karoo. As each horn is unique the hardware on the horn must be uniquely crafted to fit each individual horn, a process which requires much time and patience.
Okapi have been creating opportunity out of waste by using this age old African Talisman as a signature aspect of each Okapi bag. Learn more about the making of the springbok horn here