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Saharan Hoofstock

Saharan Hoofstock


Sub-Saharan Africa

Saharan Hoofstock Fun Facts

Somali wild ass can survive up to three days without drinking water.

The term “Saharan hoofstock” is used to describe animals that live in hot and arid environments in Africa. This includes the Somali wild ass, addax, and scimitar-horned oryx.

The scimitar-horned oryx was once considered extinct in the wild in the 1980s. Fortunately, through the breeding efforts of zoos, a herd of 21 oryx were reintroduced to Chad in 2016.

Addax are one of the few antelope species where the male and female horns are the same size.

Challenges in the Wild

Climate change: Saharan hoofstock face prolonged droughts caused by climate change, making it increasingly harder for them to find water.

Poaching: Some Saharan hoofstock are slow moving, which make them easier targets for poachers.

Dallas Zoo Saving Saharan Hoofstock

The Dallas Zoo supports a healthy population of Saharan hoofstock including Somali wild ass, addax, and scimitar horned oryx in human care through our work with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. This is a safeguard against extinction.

You Can Save Saharan Hoofstock in the Wild

Buy a Dallas Zoo membership to help save Saharan hoofstock in the wild.

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