Juvenile Arabian Oryx

The Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) is an ungulate (hoofed) mammal in the Bovidae family of bovine antelopes.

The adult 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 female Arabian Oryx is pregnant for 8 months, before giving birth to one live young, called a calf. 

The photographed calf, or juvenile, is three months old, born on 21 February 2021. It is a sandy colour all over, with darker parts on its underbelly and legs. It has thin white markings on its face. It has not yet become white on its body with black and white face markings, but it already has small horns. 

Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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