Project Description

(Oryx leucoryx)

The Arabian Oryx is an antelope that lives only on the Arabian Peninsula. It was extinct in the wild by the early 1970’s, but was saved in zoos and private preserves, and was reintroduced into the wild starting in 1980.

Arabian Oryx are built specially for desert environments.

On the Arabian Peninsula, temperatures can get up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. To fight these really hot temperatures, the fur of the Arabian Oryx is white. White reflects the sun and helps the Arabian Oryx stay cool.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Arabian Peninsula

Weight: Up to 150 lbs

Size: 39 inches tall at the shoulder

Lifespan: Up to 20 years in the wild

Diet: The Arabian oryx feeds on grasses, buds, herbs, fruit, tubers, and roots.

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

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