Meet Our Animals > Scimitar-horned Oryx
Quick Facts
Native to Desert and semi-desert areas in North Africa
Primary Diet Grasses, herbs, juicy roots, and buds
Adult Weight 220 to 450 pounds
Lifespan 20+ years
Status Extinct in the Wild

Scimitar-horned Oryx

Both male and female scimitar-horned oryx have long, ridged, sharp-tipped and curved backward horns that grow to be several feet long.

Their white coat helps reflect the heat of the desert, and their black skin and tip of the tongue protects against sunburn while enlarged hooves enable the oryx to walk easily on sand.

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