Scimitar-Horned Oryx

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Scientific Name
Oryx dammah

Type
Mammal

Lifespan
15-20 years

Size
4.6 feet at the shoulder

Average Weight
220-460 lbs

Group Name
Herd

Group Size
Up to 70

Name of Young
Calf

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We Are:Critically Endangered
It is believed that this species is extinct in the wild, and now only exists in captivity.

Did you know?

  • Scimitar-horned oryxes are recognized by their long curved horns that may reach 36 inches in length. Both males and females have horns. The horns of females are more slender.
  • Scimitar-horned oryxes may have contributed to the myth of unicorns. From certain angles, an oryx may appear to have a single horn. Also, their horns do not grow back if lost, so the myth may be based on sightings of injured individuals.
  • During times when water is scarce, they can raise their body temperature to 116°F. At this temperature, heat leaves their body for the surrounding cooler air without losing water to perspiration.

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