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Antelope: Oryx (Gemsbok)

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Unread post by christo » Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:53 pm

Truly looking like the "Prince of the dunes". Very accurate with the sweeping horns as well. Not an animal I would take on when it is in a fowl mood, wounded or cornered.
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Unread post by DuQues » Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:50 pm

According to "Die veltwachters vertel" they manage to use their horns so accurately that stones thrown at them will be thrown back at you.
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Unread post by MarkWildDog » Thu Dec 21, 2006 8:16 pm

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Unread post by Elsa » Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:39 am

A few taken in KTP last month.



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Unread post by DebM » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:03 pm

Taken in MZNP Nov 2005

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Unread post by Candy's Style » Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:31 am

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Unread post by Leonie2 » Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:00 pm

Two of Mapungubwe's gemsbok spotted in June 2007 :D


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Unread post by ice » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:46 pm

Do their horns grow back? a quick google search could not really answer my question...



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Unread post by Imberbe » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:52 pm

The quick answer is no, they do not grow back.

These are horns, not antlers. Horns are bone, covered in the same stuff your nails are made of. Like your arm wont grow back, horns do not grow back. :wink:
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Unread post by Sawubona » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:26 pm


Can anyone help me with some reasons why there are no Gemsbok in KNP? I have heard that it is not as dry and dessert like as the animals needed?

Is the Roan family, becuase the looks is nearly the same(colourwise)
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Unread post by Pikkie » Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:27 pm

Hi pieter22
If I'm not mistaken it is because it is not the natural habitat of the Gemsbok. You will also not find any springbuck in KNP. I'm no expert but I believe that that could be the reason.

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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:53 pm

Correct Pikkie, it all has to do with habitat and food availability.

The Oryx (gemsbok) has developed a blood cooling system in its snout, to help dissipate the heat, and it feeds on tsama melons, not found in Kruger.
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Unread post by G@mespotter » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:15 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:It is not SANPARKS policy to populate parks with animals not originally found in the area.

BB, thats what I wanted to say said... you've just said it in some proper english :twisted:
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Unread post by ice » Thu May 22, 2008 5:37 pm

what do you guys make out of this? a birth defect? because the horn did not appear to be broken...


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