The Gemsbok is a very striking animal with long spear like horns on both the males & females. The gemsbok or gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is a large antelope in the Oryx genus. It is native to the arid regions of southern Africa were most large mammals are unable to live. Their diet mainly consists of sparse dry desert grasses and will dig for roots when the grasses aren't available. These animals can survive for days or even weeks without water. Males generally weigh in around 500lbs and stand about 4 feet at the shoulder while the females are slightly smaller weighing in around 475lbs and a few inches shorter. These animals life expectancy is around 20 years. Its current population in South Africa is estimated to be around 373,000.
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