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The gemsbok or gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is a large antelope in the Oryx genus. It is native to the arid regions of Southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert. The current gemsbok population in South Africa is estimated at 373,000 specimens. Gemsbok are the largest species in the Oryx genus. They stand about 1.2 m (3.9 ft) at the shoulder. The body length can vary from 190 to 240 cm (75 to 94 in) and the male gemsbok can weigh between 220 and 300 kg (490 and 660 lb), while females weigh 100–210 kg (220–460 lb).
Gemsbok live in herds of about 10-40 animals, which consist of a dominant male, a few nondominant males, and females. They are mainly desert-dwelling and do not depend on drinking water to supply their physiological needs. They can reach running speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph).
Oryx – Gemsbok Race (Oryx gazella), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 400 mm, 1/800 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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“Indigenous to East & Southern Africa”
“Playful Photogenic Animals”
“Wild Africa”

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  • leealanjudy
    leealanjudyover 4 years ago

    Thirsty and taking a big drink! Great capture!

  • Thanks a lot Lee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoover 4 years ago

    A beauty! Great shot!

  • Thank you very much whisperjo!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

  • With pleasure Karen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    ThIs is excellent in detail and composition. Well done. Barb

  • Many thanks Barbara, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrabout 4 years ago

    OOOO Marvelous

  • Thanks a loooot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 4 years ago

    Yep, you sure have!

  • Many thanks Kimberly, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    June 7, 2010

  • Thanks a lot Teresa, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    You are very welcome Konstantinos

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 4 years ago


    Congratulations, Konstantinos! This superb image has been chosen to be among the new set of featured images by our current featured artist Magaret Meintjes

  • Many thanks Magaret, much appreciated! Thanks David.

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • With pleasure!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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