Oryx (Scimitar-horned)

Oryx (Scimitar-horned)

Oracs adharca simeatáir

  • Scientific name: Oryx dammah
  • IUCN status: Once extinct in the wild but being reintroduced
  • Habitat: Desert and dry grasslands.
  • Diet: Herbivore – leaves, grasses and fruit.

 

Scimitar oryx are well-adapted to desert life – they can live without drinking water for weeks as their specialised kidneys reduce water loss in their urine.

Scimitar oryx are well-adapted to desert life – they can live without drinking water for weeks as their specialised kidneys reduce water loss in their urine.

 

Keeper’s Secret

One of the reasons for the  decline of the oryx, was the hunting of their horns.

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