Gemsbok

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Gemsbok
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Hippotraginae
Genus: Oryx
Species: O. gazella
Binomial name
Oryx gazella
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The gemsbok or gemsbuck (Oryx gazella) is an African plains antelope. They are found all over Africa, especially Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa.

Grouping[change | edit source]

Gemsboks live in a herd of 10-40. The herds are usually set up with a dominant male and female as leaders of the herd. The males have striaght pointed horns and have been known to attack and kill lions and other predators by impaling them. The females are the same, but sometimes have curved horns.

Northern and Southern[change | edit source]

There are two varieties of gemsbok. A Northern Gemsbuck and a Southern Gemsbok. The northern variety have black fringed ears and live in the more northern parts of Africa. The Southern variety have longer horns and live in the southern parts of Africa.