Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Gemsbok


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Oryx gazella
PROFILE:

Gemsbok are herbivores, often exploiting areas that few other animals can inhabit. Because they are nomadic, they tend to not overgraze areas. Gemsbok are widely hunted in Africa for their spectacular horns that average 33 inches in length!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulate)
NATIVE TO:
southwest Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
zoos - up to 23 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Group size averages around 14 individuals, but can reach upwards of 200.
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