South Texas Safari

SOUTH TEXAS - You just never know what might be peering out at you from the south Texas brush or what exotic creatures are roaming the coastal prairie.

A handsome male Nyala emerging from the brush is a native of southern Africa, and along with a herd of vividly stripped females makes their home in the ranch country north of Raymondville.
 
The Bontebok is also a native of South Africa, and is a strikingly beautiful antelope with glistening chocolate brown coat and prominent white stripe running from it's forehead to it's nose.
 
Like many other African antelope, the Bontebok has adapted well to similar south Texas habitat, and this youngster never strays far from the protection of it's elders.
 
Resting in the shade of an ebony tree, this family of Roan antelope are also natives of Africa.   They are one of the largest species of antelope in the world and the males can exceed 700 pounds. They have a build similar to a horse, and a young Roan resembles a colt.
 
Taking a siesta beneath a ranch country windmill, this Lechwe antelope relaxes before resuming grazing in the extensive grasslands.
 
The Thomson's gazelle is another African native that thrives here along with the spiral horned Waterbuck and impressive Eland.
 
If you want to see a herd of Zebra, you don't have to travel to Africa, as the distinctively striped creatures are right at home in the ranchlands of deep south Texas, where they comfortably graze with cattle.
 
South Texas is where the deer and the antelope roam, and the resident whitetail deer seem to get along just fine with the exotic newcomers.

 


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