The Gemsbok is a large antelope, native to Southern Africa. These animals can live in extremely hot, dry conditions and can endure several days or weeks without water. Gemsbok are widely hunted for their spectacular horns. From a distance, the only outward difference between males and females is their horns, and many hunters mistake females for males each year. In males horns tend to be thicker with larger bases. Females have slightly longer, thinner horns. Female gemsbok use their horns to defend themselves and their offspring from predators, while males primarily use their horns to defend their territories from other males. Gemsbok are one of the few antelope species where female trophies are sometimes more desirable than male ones. A gemsbok horn can be fashioned into a natural trumpet and, according to some authorities, can be used as a shofar.
- Left Horn Length 35.2cm (13.9in)
- Right Horn Length 35cm (13.8in)