Oryx / Gemsbok (Oryx gazella)
Least Concern (LC)
Heavy built horse-like antelope with thick neck. Distinct black facial and body markings; with black forehead, nasal stripe, and tear lines, and black horizontal stripe above white belly and black upper legs. The rest of upper body is uniform grey with a long black tail. Both males and females sport long, straight to slightly curved horns.
||males 240kg, females 210kg
||shoulder height 1.2m
Gregarious nomadic species, however older animals can become solitary wanderers. Herds can number from 15 to over 400 depending on food availability.
Highly gregarious species
||About every 9 months.
||No fixed season, depending on water availability.
|Number of offspring
||single calves are born in summer months, but can also occur in winter months depending on food availability. Calves will be hidden for about 3-6 weeks before they are strong enough to move with the herd.
Open dry country, but also found in woodland, grassland, and open dunes; oryx do occur where water is not readily available.
Mainly grazers but also browse, eating seed pods and fruits such as tsama melons.
Leopards, lions, spotted hyena are dominant predators of adults. Juveniles can fall victim to jackal, cheetah and caracal.
Oryx / Gemsbok at Naankuse sites