Gemsbok

Gemsbok

Oryx gazella

Powerful, resilient desert warrior.  Natural habitat is more or less the whole of Namibia and Botswana, but successfully trans located further south and east into the semi-arid zones of open grassland and woodland.  Far enough from the major cities prices are still reasonable.

Since both sexes have horns, they make excellent, affordable trophies.  (The horns of males are shorter and thicker, and dominant males hold their heads high.)

Gemsbok are tough antelope that require proper shot placement from long distances with enough gun.  The 300 magnums are popular in gemsbok territory.

Neck shots have left many a gemsbok running away with a bullet wound above the vertebras.  They are known to be presenting themselves “plank dwars” for the safer shoulder shot, and stand motionless for minutes, allowing proper dead rest.

 

 

 

Magnificent Namib desert!  

 

 

 

Did you know?

In the southern Kalahari 80% of spotted hyena kills are gemsbok calves.
Similar to the Volkswagen beetle and red hartebeest, the gemsbok is air-cooled.  It has a heat exchanger system whereby blood flowing towards the brain is cooled by counter flowing blood from the nasal membranes.  The clever people call this network of vessels the carotid rete.
Gemsbok stay horn’s length apart.