Friday, June 29, 2018


The gemsbok, or South African oryx (oryx gazella), is the largest of four species of oryx. We saw the East African oryx (oryx beisa) on our trip to East Africa four years ago and we saw the scimitar oryx (oryx dammah) and gemsbok about six months later at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. 
This gemsbok is drinking at Okaukuejo waterhole with Burchell's zebras. 
The gemsbok is on the coat of arms of Namibia along with the African fish eagle.
A very cool depiction. 
Compared to the beisa oryx, the gemsbok has a dark patch at the base of the tail; an entirely black tail; has more black on the legs, including black on the hind legs that the beisa oryx does not have; and has more black on the lower flanks. 
The black patch at the base of the tail, the all-black tail and black on the back legs are three distinguishing characteristics from the beisa oryx. 
At Brownii waterhole with a springbok to its left. This shows the larger flank stripe as well as the other black mentioned above and large black portions on the front legs. 
It is found in the arid regions of southern Africa, including all of Namibia, large portions of Botswana, much of northwestern South Africa, and a small portion of Zimbabwe. 
In the late afternoon golden light on the way to Okondeka waterhole. 
At Brownii waterhole.
We saw them in Etosha NP in Namibia, particularly at the Okaukuejo waterhole, on our drive out to Okondeka waterhole, and at Nebrownii waterhole.  

1 comment:

  1. I love the muscular upper back--a little like an American bison. Their faces, however, are more like an African mask.