Oryx is a genus consisting of four large antelope species. Three of them are native to arid parts of Africa, and the fourth to the Arabian Peninsula. Apart from being hunted for natural food by African big cats such as Lions and hyenas, one of the oryx greatest enemies are trophy hunters, man.
The Oryx generally has a life span of 15 -20 years and will go through gestation periods of 243-274 days. Oryx can be a pretty big animal, weighing in at 140kg to 220kg, with heights ranging from 1-1.2m
If the oryx is the larger and older of the herd, he will be the dominant bull which dwells among the oryxs. As the calves grow and become stringer, they start to test one another in what look like games, though in reality are tests of strength. As the hierarchy becomes established, the need to fight is reduced. Ritual displays replace actual contact, except when evenly matched individuals may have to fight to establish their rank. Along with lateral displays, oryx perform a slow, prancing walk and sometimes break into a gallop. When several males are making these displays, they may clash horns.
What Do Oryx Eat
Oryx are natural herbivores and their diet is mainly consisted of grass. They will also eat certain plants, melons and roots and tubers which they love to dig out of the ground.
How Do They Care For Their Young
The fame oryx will temporarily leave the herd to give birth to her calf. She will hide that calf for up to 3 weeks, but she will visit the hidden calf to nurse and ensure that it is OK. Calves are suckled for 6 to 9 months and reach maturity at 18 to 24 months.