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Gemsbok (Oryx gazella)
Order: Artiodactyla, Family: Bovidae
The gemsbok is the largest of the oryx, or long-horned antelopes. Gemsbok have dramatic facial masks with halter-like markings paired with white patches. Black striping extends along the sides near the underbelly. A short mane runs from the head to the shoulders. They range in color from buffy tan to brown. Males have a tuft of black hairs on the throat. Horns, which can grow to 58.5 inches long, extend straight back from the head. The lower half are ringed. The female's horns tend to be more slender and longer than the male's.
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Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
Order: Artiodactya, Family: Bovidae
Elands weigh from 660 to 2,200 pounds, with males much larger than females. Their hides are a uniform fawn color with some vertical white striping on the upper parts. A dewlap, thought to be an adaptation for heat dissipation, hangs from the throat and neck. Elands have heavy, corkscrew-shaped horns that grow up to 4 feet long on males and 2.2 feet long on females. Both sexes have short manes on their napes, and males have long hairs on the throats.
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