Animal Facts
    Common Name:
    Fringe-eared Oryx
    Scientific Name:
    Oryx beisa
    • Herds are dominated by an alpha female (often at the front of the group) and alpha male (often at the rear).
    • Oryx tend to run when threatened, but will turn and fight if cornered or defending young.
    • With long sharp horns, they have been known to kill lions.
    4 ft
    400 lb
    5 ft
    Life Span:
    18 yrs
    Gestation Period:
    270 days
    Number of Young:
    • Grassland
    • Savanna
    Fun Facts:
    • Females are a bit smaller than males.
    • Horns of males may reach four feet in length.
    • These oryx are crepuscular, being more active at dawn and dusk to avoid the temperature extremes.
    • Their body temperature can safely rise to 115 degrees Fahrenheit to cope with desert heat.
    • Poaching / Over Consumption
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)

    The keepers need to ensure the antelope get the grains they need for a healthy diet. To keep the rhinos from muscling in on all of the grain, the Zoo’s exhibit design team worked with keepers to create feeders the rhinos could not get their head in. These feeders are designed to blend into the habitat and resemble termite mounds found in African grasslands.

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    This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.