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The Cape Oryx, also known as Gemsbok or Sable Gazelle, is an imposing species of antelope that inhabits the arid and semi-arid regions of southern Africa. Its scientific name is Oryx gazella. This majestic creature has been adapted to survive in extreme, arid conditions, and is native to countries such as Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, and Angola.

Physical characteristics: The Cape Oryx is a large and robust antelope, with a height at the withers that can exceed 1.2 meters and a weight of around 230-250 kilograms. They have distinctive black and white face coloration, with a pattern of dark lines running from the eyes to the snout. Their bodies are covered with short, dense fur that is silver-gray on top and white on the underside. Males and females have long, straight, tapering horns that curve backwards and can be up to a meter in length.

Behavior: Cape Oryxes are social animals that form groups known as herds. These herds can range in size from a few to several dozen individuals. Their adaptation to arid environments allows them to survive for long periods without water, obtaining most of their hydration from the vegetation they consume. They are also capable of withstanding high temperatures, thanks to their ability to regulate their body temperature through physiological and behavioral mechanisms.

Diet: The Cape Oryx's diet is mainly made up of tough grasses and shrubs, although they may also feed on leaves, shoots and fruit when available. Their adaptation to dry environments allows them to extract the greatest amount of nutrients possible from the vegetation they consume.

Conservation: Although the Cape Oryx is a wild species, it has been introduced to game areas and game reserves in various parts of the world due to its impressive appearance and value as a hunting trophy. However, in its natural habitat in Africa, the species has faced challenges related to habitat loss and poaching. Fortunately, through conservation and protection efforts, its population has remained relatively stable, and in some areas, it has even seen an increase in numbers.

Approximate measurements of the Antelope:

1:24 scale - 95mm