Jun 6, 2024, 08:55 PM IST

This animal can survive without water for months

Shweta Singh

The Saudi Arabian oryx, commonly referred to as the Arabian oryx, has the scientific name Oryx leucoryx.

This species is native to the arid regions of the Arabian Peninsula, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the UAE. It thrives in desert environments where few other large animals can survive.

The Arabian oryx is highly adapted to its harsh desert habitat. It can survive without water for extended periods, obtaining moisture from the plants it consumes.

The Arabian oryx is characterized by its striking white coat, which reflects sunlight, helping it stay cool. It also has long, straight horns and a distinct facial mask with dark markings.

These animals are primarily crepuscular, being most active during the early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are cooler. During the hottest part of the day, they rest in the shade.

The oryx's diet consists mainly of grasses, herbs, and roots. It can also eat fruits and buds, which provide essential moisture.

The Arabian oryx was once listed as extinct in the wild due to overhunting and habitat destruction. However, through successful reintroduction programs, its status has improved to "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List.

The Arabian oryx holds significant cultural importance in the Arabian Peninsula, symbolizing endurance and survival. It is often featured in local folklore and is a national symbol in some Gulf countries.