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This image was taken at the Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, Virginia, USA. There are 180 acres for many species of animals to roam free on. It’s a fantastic place for the animals and a great place for visitors to get a close up natural look at them. Taken with my Canon Powershot SX110 IS
Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
The Eland is the largest antelope in the world, weighing from 1000 to 2100 pounds and standing from 4 1/2 feet to 6 feet at the shoulder. It’s native range is Africa. It’s diet consists of leaves and grasses, and some fruit. Over the past 100 years, game hunting and loss of habitat has caused it’s numbers to dwindle, especially in Southern Africa. It is now found primarily in National Parks. The Eland looks much like an Ox. Both the males and the females have spiking horns that twist straight back from the face. The Oryx is the only antelope born with horns. At birth, the horns are visible as hair covered bumps. BEST VIEWED LARGE

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Comments

  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot of him Ginny.

  • Thanks so much Mariana! Such a beautiful animal.

    – Ginny York

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Ginny, he is a beauty!

  • Thanks Louise! I had never seen or heard of these animals before this. This guy reminds me of something out of a fairytale. I love his curly horns.

    – Ginny York

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture!!!

  • Thanks Lori! I’m so glad you like it. I think this guy is just so beautiful.

    – Ginny York

  • deegarra
    deegarraalmost 5 years ago

    great shot, you even get the animals to pose for you…

  • LOLOL Well I’m not sure he was posing for me Dee. hahaha He was just out in the grass and was looking over. I might have talked to him. :)) Animals like me. ;)) Isn’t he gorgeous?

    – Ginny York

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghosealmost 5 years ago

    Looks majestic! Great capture!

  • Thank you! My thoughts exactly! :)) I’m glad you like how he came out.

    – Ginny York

  • Thanks for the fav!!

    – Ginny York

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely shot Ginny, wonderfully composed….he is posing for you!!

  • Hi Shaun! I’m not sure he was posing…although animals do like me. :)) I must have been talking to him and he was listening. I talk “animal” you know. :)) Thanks so much!!!

    – Ginny York

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 5 years ago

    What a fabulous photo of this majestic animal, Ginny! Bravo! ;o)

  • Wow Krys…thank you so much. Coming from you, that really means alot.

    – Ginny York

  • maxy
    maxyalmost 5 years ago

    Oh my! Never seen one of these before! Love that expression – kinda looks all about business and hope it doesn’t butt butts…. spectacular catch Ginny! Love it – it kinda has a heart shape to it….

  • LeviMoore
    LeviMoorealmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations!!!
    This photo has been featured in the Appalachian Artists group!

  • Thanks so much Artmonger!!! Woo Hoo! I am thrilled and so happy that you like this Eland enough for a feature.

    – Ginny York

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 5 years ago

    Ginny, if yo0u haven’t, please consider entering a capture for the feature banner challenge in Top Shelf Wildlife & Nature Art? Take care ! xx

  • I will have to check it out. :))

    – Ginny York

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