Scimitar oryx

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Scimitar(-Horned) Oryx
Adult in the Taronga Zoo
Calf in the San Diego Zoo
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Hippotraginae
Genus: Oryx
Species: O. dammah
Binomial name
Oryx dammah
Cretzschmar, 1827

The Scimitar oryx or Scimitar horned oryx (oryx dammah) is a species of oryx that is extinct in the wild. We can see them in zoos, wildlife parks and reserves. They used to live all over north Africa. A baby scimitar oryx is called a calf. Both male and female scimitar horned oryx have long curved horns. They are herbivores and are diurnal. They are the only species of oryx that does not have black markings. A male scimitar horned oryx is called a bull.

References[change | edit source]

  1. IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). Oryx dammah. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 9 September 2009.Database entry includes justification for why this species is listed as extinct in the wild.