Oryx


Oryx
(oryx)

The Oryx is a kind of large antelope native to the Arabian Peninsula. There are several species of them, two of which (the Arabian Oryx and the Scimitar-horned Oryx are attested since the earliest Antiquity on the desert rock art. Due to over hunting, oryxes totally disappeared from the Middle Eastern desert. However, a feeding program...

... of Arabian oryxes allowed the reintroduction of some specimen in Wadi Rum Reserve. The Arabian Oryx, also called the White Oryx, is characterized by a white fur with black stripes between the horns, on the nose and on the inferior jaw, a shoulder bump and long straight horns (while the Scimitar-horned Oryx has long back-curved horns). Its legs are dark brown. Oryxes live in peaceful herds. They rest during the day heat and are able to detect rainfalls from very far and are able to range thousands of kilometers to reach them. 

For depiction of oryxes on the rock art, see this page...