The Arabian Oryx, a type of antelope, lives in desert or semi-arid areas. Since they are small animals, their needs of food and water are not a problem for them in the desert. Now they are reintroduced into Omen and Jordan.
Measuring to the shoulder, the Arabian Oryx is about 3-4 feet (7.6-10.1cm) tall. It can weigh up to 143-165 pounds (64.8-74.8kg). The average life span is about 15-20 years.
These creatures usually eat short sparsely grown desert grass.
Arabian Oryx reproduce one calf per year. The common gestation period is about 6 months.
They were once found all over the Middle East. However, in the mid-20th Century, the Arabian Oryx was heavily hunted. They officially became extinct in the wild in the 1970s. There were two remaining in a conservatory in the 1960s. Immediately this pair was sent to Phoenix Zoo, Arizona because of the climate suitable for the oryx. This was known as the World Herd. Words were sent to zoos in London and Saudi Arabia. This brought the World Herd up to 9. Scientist carefully bred them to ensure high survival rate. By 1993 there were more than 173 alive. Since then some were release back to the wild in Jordan and Omen. There, special authorities keep watch that no one hunts them any more.