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 COMMON NAME - Gemsbok
SCIENTIFIC NAME - Oryx Gazella Gazella


Gemsbok form mixed herds consisting of about 10 to 30 animals.  Both sexes have horns and as such difficult to tell apart 
The Gemsbok is mainly a grazer and has adapted to the dry desert conditions, feeding mainly on grasses, but in the absence of these  will go for leaves and dig out roots.
Gemsbok drink freely when water is available, but can go for weeks without a drop of water.
The male Gemsbok attains a mass of about 500 LBS and has a life span of about 20 years. Females give birth to a single calf after a gestation period of 9 months. Females leave the herd to give birth and mother and calf will rejoin the herd after a period of 4 to 6 weeks.
The long sharp pointed horns of the Gemsbok are formidable weapons and the animal normally doesn't shy way from Predators, very often facing Lion, with terrible consequences for the Cat.
Gemsbok
Wildlife Picture taken in the Kalahari Gemsbok Park
 
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