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Porcupine quill lamp and Gemsbok horn light

Porcupine quill lamp and Gemsbok horn light
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Gemsbok horn Porcupine Quill Standing lamp

$195-00

Region: South Africa

Material: Porcupine Quill Gemsbok horn

Size: 110cm(H)

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Porcupine quill lamp and Gemsbok horn light

Size: 110cm (H)

Porcupine Quill African sun lamp shadeA beautiful handcrafted African light that is crafted with a single polished Gemsbok horn as the shaft of the African light and set with a large African sun porcupine quill lamp shade.

The Gemsbok horn has been clean, treated and polished and can be shipped to any country in the world. All our Gemsbok horns and porcupine quills are obtained legally from local game reserves so you can fell assured that no illegal gather has taken place.

If you are only looking at buying a porcupine quill lamp shade and not the entire light please return to our African light and lamp shade gallery to view our selection.

Other styles available - view our main lights Lamp shade page

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Facts about this animal

Also known as Oryx.....

The Gemsbok or Gemsbuck is a large antelope in the Oryx genus. It is native to the arid regions of Southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert in Namibia and is found in south-west Africa, occurring in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The most distinctive features of this heavily built antelope are its long, rapier-shaped horns and striking black and white facial markings (2). The beautiful horns of the Gemsbok are sought after as charms in many cultures and were even sold as unicorn horns in medieval England (3). The body is fawn-grey with a black stripe along the side separating the upper parts from the white underparts, and there are extensive black areas on its upper legs. The Gemsbok has a long, horse-like tail, and whilst both sexes possess the impressive horns, those of the male are shorter and more robust than the female’s.

Gemsbok generally occur in semi-arid to arid grasslands and bushlands, sandy and stony plains, dunes and alkaline flats; they also inhabit light woodland.

The Gemsbok is highly valued as a trophy animal and is an important component of game hunting activities. Ironically, it is this hunting activity, and the economic contribution it makes to the countries in which it occurs, which ensures that population numbers are maintained. The majority of the population currently occurs within national parks and private land, and whilst the Gemsbok is not considered to yet be threatened with extinction, it is somewhat reliant on its continued existence within these areas.

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Scientific classification

  • Swahili Name: Choroa
  • Scientific Name: Oryx gazella
  • Common Name: Oryx
  • Size: 47 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: 250 to 390 pounds
  • Lifespan: 20 years
  • Habitat: Dry plains
  • Diet: Grazers
  • Gestation: 8 to 81/2 months
  • Predators: Lions, cheetahs,wild dogs, hyenas

Conservation status: Least concern / abundant

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