Rapier horns - Gemsbuck

Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
I find an antelope in her swiftness,
Fragility, narrow head and coyness,
The most beautiful sight I’ve set my eyes on
and thus my heart was won
- Maree
See my SATURDAY CHAT on Antelopes
The Gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is one of the most handsome antelope in Africa, with its long rapier-like horns and striking markings. They can form herds of up to 20 – 30 animals. Gemsbuck are grazers but will survive on browse in times of drought. When wounded they can be very dangerous animals to approach on foot. The horns of the calves grow extremely fast and when they emerge from concealment after birth their horns are very evident.  This has lead to the myth that a Gemsbok is born with horns.

Females have longer, thinner horns and that’s pretty much the only outward difference between males and females and as such, many hunters mistake females for males.
Please don’t kill my antelope,
She hasn’t bothered you.
She hasn’t kicked you in the shin
Or spit inside your shoe.
She hasn’t bitten off your nose
Or stomped on your rear end.
Please don’t kill my antelope,
My antelope’s my friend!
- Author unknown

1st July 2011 – FEATURED in “Wildlife of Southern Africa”
28th October 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in “EXPLORE”
31st October 2013 – FEATURED in “Love these creatures”
13th March 2016 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa and Madagascar”
20th March 2016 – FEATURED in “Show Us Your Bloopers”

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