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Gemsbok

gemsbokGemsbok are large antelope found in Africa. They usually weigh over 500 pounds and are about four feet tall at the shoulder. They have long, black horns that resemble a spear and are slightly spiraled. Gemsbok like to live in herds of 10 to 30 members, usually made up of females and young. Adult males generally live alone.

Gemsbok have adapted to dealing with the high temperatures of Africa. They eat dry desert grasses and can go for long periods without water. They can sometimes go all winter without drinking until the spring rains arrive. Gemsbok are very careful to stay out of the sunlight during the day to remain cool. They will try to stay under trees or shrubs, leaving the smallest part of their body exposed to the sun.