Project Description

(Oryx gazelle)

The Gemsbok is native to the arid regions in scrublands and brushlands in Southern and Eastern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert.

Gemsbok are light brownish-grey to tan in color, with a “blackish” stripe that extends from the chin down the lower edge of the neck, through the juncture of the shoulder and leg along the lower side of the rear leg. Gemsbok have a horse-like posture, gallop, and have muscular necks and shoulders.

Both male and female Gemsbok have long, sharp, pointed horns which can extend up to 33″ in height!

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Southern Africa

Weight: 210 - 525 lbs

Size: 3.7 - 4.7 feet

Lifespan: 18 - 20 years in the wild

Diet: Gemsbok are grazers and feed mainly on tough, dry grasses and foliage.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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