Fun Facts - Oryx
The Oryx is a large type of antelope which are native to Africa and the Arabian peninsula. There are four sub species of Oryx, three of which are native to Africa.
They are very distinctive due to their pale fur, dark facial markings and long straight horns which can grow up to 1.5 metres long.
Oryx live in near desert conditions and can survive without water for long periods of time despite the blistering heat. It is thought that camels may be the only mammal of a similar size that can survive longer in these conditions without water.
Although both males and females have horns, males can use them to show dominance and to intimidate other males. When push comes to shove they can use them as weapons when fighting for mates or when threatened by predators. Oryx are a dangerous prey and have been known to kill predators as large as lions!
Oryx live in large herds of up to 600 and can come into contact with many other animals on the plains. Newborn calves are able to walk and run soon after birth and can move with the herd straight away so they are harder for predators to pick off.
In medieval England, travelers hunted Oryx and sold their horns as mystical Unicorn horns to unknowing punters. Local tribesman still hunt Oryx today for their meat and hides, some people still collect the horns as charms today. Although the Oryx is not endangered much of their habitat is decreasing as human populations grow and expand, resulting in growth of agriculture, settlements, and roads. If this is to continue these great animals could drop in numbers and add to the growing list of endangered animals in wild Africa.
This iconic animal is the inspiration behind our tee, 'Stand Your Ground'; based on the test of strength and might between two male Oryx and a quote to inspire you too!
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