The Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) is an endangered medium-sized ungulate (hoofed) bovine antelope mammal in the Bovidae family. It is also known as the White Oryx.
The Arabian Oryx is whitish-cream with a shoulder bump, long straight horns, and a tufted tail. Its underbelly and legs are brown. It has black stripes where its head meets its neck, on its forehead, on its nose, and from the horns across its eyes to its mouth. Both males and females have ringed horns.
It measures about 100 centimetres (39 inches) tall. Its horns measure 50-75 centimetres (20-30 inches) long.
The Arabian Oryx prefers deserts, plains, and open dry areas. It often makes a shallow depression to sit in.
It eats mainly grass; it is a grazer. Its predators include wolves.
It lives in mixed-sex herds of about 15 individuals.
The female Arabian Oryx is pregnant for 8 months, before giving birth to one live young, called a calf.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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