About the Scimitar Horned Oryx

The Scimitar Horned Oryx are mostly white with reddish brown necks and marks on the face, as well as a long, dark, tufted tail. Their white coat helps to reflect the heat of the desert. Their black skin and tip of their tongue helps to protect against sunburn, and their dense eyelashes and strong eyelids help to protect against windblown sand. Both the male and female Scimitar Horned Oryx have long, ridged, sharp-tipped horns that can grow to be several feet long.

Height Up to 4'7" (at the shoulder)
Weight 220 to 460 pounds
Diet Grasses, herbs, juicy roots, buds
Gestation Period 8 to 8.5 months
Life Span Up to 20 years
Threats Excessive poaching, habitat loss, humans

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