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Antelope

  • Arabian Oryx

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    Latin Name: Oryx leucoryx

    The magnificent Arabian Oryx is a medium sized antelope species and is the smallest of all the Oryx species. Regarded as one of the most endangered of the Oryx species, they became extinct in the wild in the early 1970s. However, through concerted several environmental and conservation programmes, the animal was successfully saved from complete extinction. The UAE currently has the largest population in the world and Sir Bani Yas Island has one the largest breeding herds, so make sure you have your camera ready when you spot the herd!

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 70-90 kg
    Height : 80-100 cm
    Native to : Arabia
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves and shoots.
    Interesting fact : Their bright white coat reflects the sun’s rays, and the Arabian oryx is known to follow rains to get to fresh grazing
  • Scimitar-horned Oryx

    Latin Name: Oryx dammah

    The spectacular Scimitar-horned Oryx is named for its horns. Unfortunately, these horns have made the Oryx a sought-after prize by poachers, resulting in the near extinction of the species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have officially declared the Scimitar-horned Oryx as extinct in the wild but on Sir Bani Yas you can spot our 1,000-strong herd roaming around the Island!

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 140–210 kg
    Height : 65-80 cm
    Native to : North Africa
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves and shoots.
    Interesting fact : The oryx can go weeks without water
  • Gemsbok

    Latin Name: Oryx gazelle

    The striking Gemsbok is a large African antelope with long spear-like horns. They are indigenous to Southern Africa and usually lives in herds of about 10-40 animals, which consist of a dominant male and a few non-dominant males and females. This desert dweller does not require regular drinking to supply its water needs.

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 220 – 300 kg
    Height : 190 – 240 cm
    Native to : Africa
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves and shoots.
    Interesting fact : They can survive without water for several days
  • Beisa Oryx

    Latin Name: Oryx beisa beisa

    The Beisa Oryx is native to the savannahs of Eastern Africa and was previously regarded as a subspecies of the Gemsbok, but recent studies confirmed it as a separate species.  This incredible animal has a unique black stripe running along its side, separating its grey-brown coat from the white undersides. 

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 150 - 200 kg
    Height : 160 – 190 cm
    Native to : East Africa
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves and shoots.
    Interesting fact : Like all oryx species the Beisa is also a desert species and has the capability to raise it body temperature to prevent sweating thereby ensuring valuable water is not lost.
  • Patterson's Eland

    Latin Name: Taurotragus oryx pattersonianus

    The Eland is the world's largest antelope species and is native to East and Southern Africa. Both the male and the female Eland have horns that spiral tightly, though the female’s horns tend to be thinner. One of the more amazing facts about them is their ability to jump over 2.5m from standing still! Sir Bani Yas is home to the East African eland also known as the Patterson’s Eland, with a herd of 1,200 antelopes.

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 460 - 1000kg
    Height : 150-170 cm
    Native to : Africa
    What they eat : Grasses, leaves and shoots.
    Interesting fact : They are the largest antelope species in the world