Scimitar-Horned Oryx


Large white oryx with chestnut neck and chest. Face and leg markings cocoa to beige. Can have diffuse side streak. Winter coat can look cream to roan. Calves born orangey tan. All grow long, back-swept, ringed horns, sometimes diverging widely. Lengths often exceed 33 1/2 in., with particularly long horns 38 to 50 1/8 in. Spread at tips quite variable (5 in. to more than 2 ft.). Male weight 300 to 470 lbs. (typically 331); female 200 to 300 lbs. (typically 265).

Breeding Season

Breed all year; favorable rain may bring females into heat.

Gestation & Young Per Birth

8 to 8 1/2 mo. (up to 10 reported); 1 young (2 rare).


7 to 8 ft. depending on the situation. Can scramble over 3 ft. fence (just barely) or jump 6 ft.=