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Oryx Bull - Portrait of an Adapted Icon An Oryx, or also known as a Gemsbok, bull poses for a portrait shot.  This bull is old and worn out, with scars to show.  This animal is on the Namibian Emblem for a good reason.  It is tough, hardy and has adapted to desert environments.<br />
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Water requirements entail drinking once within 4 days, with facial markings allowing breathing in very hot desert air and cooling it through the dark facial patterns before entering the lungs.  Also, adapted to feeding on &quot;sweet grass&quot; (high value, lower quantity perennial species), this animal needs basically half of the calories than a normal antelope to survive.  <br />
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The moral of the story ... adapt or die trying.  And pride in the face of adversity, is beautiful.   Gemsbok,Namibia,Oryx gazella,adapt,beautiful,black,bull,color,desert,fantastic,gorgeous,grey,horns,icon,markings,nature,outdoors,pattern,pride,proud Click/tap to enlarge

Oryx Bull - Portrait of an Adapted Icon

An Oryx, or also known as a Gemsbok, bull poses for a portrait shot. This bull is old and worn out, with scars to show. This animal is on the Namibian Emblem for a good reason. It is tough, hardy and has adapted to desert environments.

Water requirements entail drinking once within 4 days, with facial markings allowing breathing in very hot desert air and cooling it through the dark facial patterns before entering the lungs. Also, adapted to feeding on "sweet grass" (high value, lower quantity perennial species), this animal needs basically half of the calories than a normal antelope to survive.

The moral of the story ... adapt or die trying. And pride in the face of adversity, is beautiful.

    comments (4)

  1. Nice! Very pointy :) Posted 3 years ago
    1. Indeed, pointy and deadly. I have seen Oryx chase away other game species from watering holes using their horns as / or better than the best swordsman. Posted 3 years ago
  2. Fantastic portrait of a very robust animal. It reminds me of this experience:

    Scarred Zebra on Ngorongoro crater floor I don't know the story of this Zebra, but likely it is one of hardship judged by its many scars. It lives on the Ngorongoro crater floor, where it faces numerous enemies in a surrounding where there is no place to hide; the crater floor is very flat. I have this photo printed poster-size in our living room. It reminds me of a few things when I look at it. Above all, it puts my own little sufferings in perspective, them being petty complaints.  Africa,Equus quagga,Geotagged,Ngorongoro,Ngorongoro Crater,Plains zebra,Serengeti area,Tanzania

    (not such a great photo like yours, but another very tough animal). They inspire me to not complain about petty problems.
    Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
    1. Its a great photo. Zebra in monochrome always seem to work so well. And yes, another tough and hardy animal, you are right, they pack a mean kick. Posted 3 years ago

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The gemsbok or gemsbuck is a large antelope in the ''Oryx'' genus. It is native to the arid regions of southern Africa, but formerly some authorities included the East African Oryx as a subspecies. Its current population in South Africa is 373,000.

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
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Uploaded Aug 14, 2015. Captured Jul 23, 2015 10:56 in Omusati, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/6.3
  • 1/197s
  • ISO125
  • 229mm