Common Beisa Oryx

The Beisa Oryx (Oryx gazella beisa) is also called the East African Oryx, a large species of antelope from East Africa.

The Beisa Oryx has grey fur with a white underbelly, separated by a black stripe. It also has black stripes around the neck, along the nose, from the eye to the mouth, and on the forehead.

It has a small, chestnut mane. Its horns are ringed, thin, and straight, measuring 75-80 centimetres (30-31 inches) long.

Beisa Oryx

Beisa Oryx

The Beisa Oryx measures about 1.2 metres (46 inches) tall.

The Beisa Oryx eats grass, leaves, fruit, and buds from plants. It is a browser. It can store water in their body by raising their body temperature to avoid perspiration.

The Beisa Oryx is found in herds of about 40 individuals, with females at the front and a male guarding them at the back of the herd. Some older males are solitary, leaving the herd as they get older.

Females are pregnant for 8.5 months before giving birth to one calf.

It is found in northern Kenya in semi-dry areas. Another species found in southern Kenya is the Fringe-Eared Oryx (Oryx beisa callotis).

Beisa Oryx

Beisa Oryx


Beisa Oryx

Beisa Oryx

Beisa Oryx

Beisa Oryx

Beisa Oryx

Beisa Oryx

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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