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African Wildlife you meet nearly on every corner while driving in Africa. In Namibia quite many African Oryx (Oryx gazella) have crossed my path on my route. The Oryx gazella is the largest antelope species in Africa. There are four species. The Arabian Peninsula Oryx, the other three Oryx are native to the arid parts of Africa. Their horns are remarkable very long and nearly straight. They do have black markings in their face, belly and legs. Usually they live in herds and prefer desert conditions, like savannah, grassland or dunes. They can go without water for a very long time.
On my journey through Namibia I have seen Oryx in various locations. On rocky deserts, in the red sand dunes in the Namib Naukluft Park or like in this image, just beside the gravel roads in grassland in front of dunes. It was a very hot day, the air was boiling, most wildlife I have seen beside the road was in the shade of trees or big boulders scattered in the vastness of the Namibian landscape. When I have seen a few Oryx on the road I just turned off the engine of my jeep and was rolling slowly towards the animals. Well, they have been standing on the road! They slowly moved into the grassland with always keeping an eye on my jeep. When my jeep stopped rolling I was taking my camera out of the bag to take some images of the Oryx. They have been very skittish always looking and sometimes running. This single Oryx was very curious about my jeep and me. Looking back straight into my camera.
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