RIO GRANDE VALLEY, 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.
This 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 this 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
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.