1 November 2012 – On the zoo’s savannah, people can see a young South African gemsbok oryx. It is a female. Young gemsbok have light brown fur. In the wild, during daytime of their first weeks, they will hide among the long grass. This way, predators will have more problems spotting them. In Artis, the baby oryx during its first weeks stayed inside. 2009 was the last time for a gemsbok birth in Artis.
Right after birth, a gemsbok’s horns will already start to grow. After about fourteen weeks, it will look more like an adult, like in the mask-like pattern on its head.
This is a video of an adult gemsbok drinking in Artis zoo.
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