Arabian Oryx.

Arabian Oryx-EditArabian Oryx – from an old negative in my files: I have visited the area where these are now effectively in the wild several times, but never manage to get this close again.

From that well known on-line encyclopædia.

The Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) or white Oryx is a medium-sized antelope with a distinct shoulder bump, long, straight horns, and a tufted tail. It is a bovid, and the smallest member of Oryx genus, native to desert and steppe areas of the Arabian Peninsula. The Arabian Oryx was extinct in the wild by the early 1970s, but was saved in zoos and private preserves and reintroduced into the wild starting in 1980.

2 thoughts on “Arabian Oryx.

    1. Yes it is – unfortunately the drive for diversity away from oil (minerals) is encroaching on their new habitat. Not to mention poachers (live specimens for those that have more money than sense ) is taking its toll. I have see rangers (local Bedouin) come back from patrol with bullet holes in their vehicles. A bit like the Arabian leopard which I have never been able to see, although I have seen its tracks in the mountains of the Musandam; also the Arabian wolf (but again only tracks, this time on Jebel Shams although an unconfirmed sight in very dim light) I still live in hope of a photograph opportunity.

      David.

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