Arabian Oryx

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The Arabian Oryx, or White Oryx, was declared extinct in the wild in the early 1970’s, but  populations from zoos and private reserves  were released back into the wild where today there are about 1000 of these desert dwelling animals in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the UAR, Jordan and Bahrain, usually in protected circumstances.

In the early 1800’s these animals were widespread in the Middle East, including Sinai, Palestine, Transjordan, Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula. Oryx prefer gravel desert or hard sand and can travel great distances in search of food and water, comparing or even exceeding the desert  capabilities with that of the camel.

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