Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Scimitar-horned oryx


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Oryx dammah
PROFILE:

Scimitar-horned oryxes, which formerly inhabited the whole of North Africa, are now classified as extinct in the wild by the IUCN, due primarily to hunting. Thankfully, there is a large population in captivity and reintroductions into their wild ranges are under way, with further releases planned.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
mammal, cetartiodactyla (even-toed ungulate)
NATIVE TO:
northern Africa
CONSERVATION STATUS:
extinct in the wild
DIET:
herbivore
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
zoos - up to 27+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
herds ranging in size from 2-40 individuals
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