Gemsbok / Gemsbuck / Oryx
Afrikaans name: Gemsbok
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.
References and further readingAn Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 288
Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 196
Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 170
Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 186
Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 131
Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 118
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 416
Signs of the Wild - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 193