Oryx between Lüderitz & Aus, Namibia
Due to its courage, elegance and pride the Oryx is the national animal of Namibia. The Oryx, also known as the Gemsbok, is a large antelope with long horns. An unmistakable dweller of the desert with its striking appearance and distinct coloration. He occurs in the more arid regions throughout the African continent where it successfully adapted to harsh conditions, where scarce water and intense heat are the norm. The Oryx feeds on course grasses and thorny shrubs – often during the morning and late afternoon.
They form mixed herds of both females and males. Both sexes of the species have horns, although the male’s horns are marginally shorter and thicker. Oryx have to consume up to 3 liters of water per 100kg of body weight per day. They have successfully evolved to extract water from fruit and vegetables such as the Tsamma melon to maximize their water intake, as well as concentrating their urine to decrease water output. Oryx is the quintessential Namibian animal for their ability to wander far and wide when food and water is scarce.
It took forever to get around to organizing and editing my photos from Jordan. I had done a quick batch right when we got home, but was quickly overwhelmed by the thousands of images and lost steam. Happy to say that I’ve finally sorted through the lot of them and posted the photos to my blog! Now off to editing the video... if only I could find a song. 🧐 Link to blog is in my bio.