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Oryx or Gemsbok

Above all other antelopes the Oryx embodies the spirit of the Namibian desert. It is at home in vast shadeless spaces under a fiery sun sheltered by scant thorn trees.

Preferred habitat is arid open grasslands, but they will also utilize a diversity of habitats like western Namib rocky areas, sand dunes of the Namib Desert and the Kalahari semi-desert plains.

He is the thoroughbred of the desert, built like a polo pony with incredible strength and endurance, but sustained only on sparse desert grass. When deprived of drinking water it uses several measures to minimise its water needs, notably allowing its body temperature to rise from a normal 35.7C to 45C then using evaporative cooling by nasal panting and sweating. It also concentrates its urine and absorbs all possible moisture.

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  • Copyright: Kris Verhoeven (verswe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 3 N: 1207] (7320)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-11-03
  • Camera: Nikon P7100
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-12-22 5:27
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