The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Gemsbok / Gemsbuck / Oryx

Afrikaans name: Gemsbok

Gemsbok in the Kgaligadi Game Reserve

Gemsbok

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Oryx gazella

Interesting facts about Gemsbok

The Gemsbok is a great looking antelope that lives in the arid regions of South Africa. Other names for the Gemsbok are Gemsbuck and Oryx.

Gemsbok are about 1.2 metres high at the shoulder. Males can weigh up to 300 kg. Females may reach a maximum weight of around 200 kg. Both male and females have horns. These horns are around 85 cm in length.

Gemsbok are found in small to medium sized herds. Herds are led by a dominant male and consist of other males, females and juveniles.

They live in arid regions and do not need to drink water on a regular basis. They eat dry gress and the leaves of thorn bushes. Where water is scarce they eat melons, tubers and succulent plants.

Females can give birth to a calf every 9 months.

Gemsbok in the Kgaligadi Game Reserve

Gemsbok

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 226

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 167

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 127

What Antelope is That? - Author: Paul Rose - Published: 1967 - Page: 45

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 32

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 332

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 184

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 87

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 111

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 26

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 193

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 178

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 63

South African Animals in the Wild - Author: Anthony Bannister - Published: 1985 - Page: 20

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 52

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 118

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 6

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 131

Maberlys Mammals of Southern Africa - Revised edition - Author: Richard Goss - Published: 1986 - Page: 296

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 416

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 186

Guide to the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park - Author: Gus Mills and Clem Haagner - Published: 1996 - Page: 19

First Field Guide to Animal Tracks of Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2003 - Page: 52

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 56

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Published: 1987 - Page: 288

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 196

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 170

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1997 - Page: 128

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 196

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Africa including Madagascar - Author: Theodor Haltenorth and Helmut Diller - Published: 1980 - Page: 67

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 75


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