Friday, January 16, 2015


The gemsbok looks very similar to the beisa oryx we saw in Buffalo Springs National Reserve in Kenya. However, I think the gemsbok is even more beautiful. The gemsbok has whiter legs, has a black patch on both front legs, has much more black on the legs (the beisa oryx has no black on the hind legs), has more black on the flanks, the black stripe on the face extends down below the jaw and connects with the black patch on the nose and the gemsbok has a black patch at the base of the tail. 
A forest of horns. Gemsbok at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
More horns
The gemsbok is native to Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, but is now likely extinct in Angola. It is estimated that there are about 373,000 gemsbok, including those on private farms in southern Africa. 
This gemsbok got very close to our car and gave us a good look at its markings. 
I love all of the black lines.
It looks like its knees are dirty from kneeling on them.
We saw quite a few gemsbok at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, but they were grouped together in a relatively small area. We had one gemsbok come quite close to the car, but couldn't get it to come to the car windows to eat out of our hands. 
This is the best look we got of a bushy tail. 

1 comment:

  1. Amazing horns. Imagine carrying that around on your head all day.