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Scimitar-Horned Oryx

Scimitar Oryx
North Africa

Scimitar-Horned Oryx


The scimitar oryx or scimitar-horned oryx, also known as the Sahara oryx, is a species of Oryx now extinct in the wild. It formerly inhabited all of North Africa.

Fun Facts
  • Scimitar-horned oryx are mostly white with reddish brown necks and marks on the face and a long, dark, tufted tail. The white coat helps reflect the heat of the desert.
  • Now extinct in the wild, scimitar-horned oryx once lived in northern African countries of Egypt, Senegal, and Chad. They have been reintroduced in Tunisia.
  • Scimitar-horned oryx eat grasses, herbs, juicy roots, and buds.

Extinct in the wild. Known only to survive in captivity, or as a naturalized population outside its historic range