Scimitar – horned Oryx are desert antelope that are mostly white with reddish brown necks and marks on the face and a long, dark, tufted tail. Both male and female scimitar-horned oryx have long, ridged, sharp-tipped and curved backwards horns that grow to be several feet long. To deal with desert heat, scimitar-horned oryx can tolerate an internal body temperature of 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 C). This allows them to conserve water and thrive in the desert. The scimitar-horned oryx is now extinct in the wild, though surveys show that Niger and Chad may have appropriate habitat for reintroduction, and some reintroductions have begun in Tunisia and Chad.
|SCIENTIFIC NAME||ORYX DAMMAH|
|WHERE IN THE WILD?||A CENTURY AGO, THEIR HABITAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SAHARA AND SAHEL REGIONS, BUT TODAY THEY ARE EXTINCT IN THE WILD.|
|WHAT'S ON THE MENU?||
GRASSES, HERDS, JUICY ROOTS, AND BUDS.
UNKNOWN IN THE WILD, BUT IN A ZOO SETTING, SCIMITAR CAN LIVE INTO THEIR 20S.