This animal roamed the deserts of the middle-east form yonder days, however, the humans encroaching into their territory began hunting this species and the Arabian oryx was on the verge of extinction. Realising this, steps were taken to preserve this animal species.
Since the Arabian oryx is an omnivore, therefore, their meal consists mainly of grasses. Also, they may eat vegetation like buds, fruits, tubers and roots. The oryx tends to follow the rains to feast on the new plants that grow afterwards. They are able to manage for weeks without water.
The oryx is an animal that travels in herds. Bachelor males who traverse alone and are highly territorial are extremely rare. The oryx keeps good eye contact with members of the herd and if separated, will make their way back to the previous place the herd called home.
Influence on humans
The Arabian oryx is the national animal of Jordan, Oman, the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar. Most believe that the myth of the unicorn was born from the Arabian oryx that might have lost one horn.
Those responsible for prevention of the extinction of this amazing animal are the Phoenix Zoo and Fauna and Flora Preservation Society of London who went ahead with the project with aid from the World Wildlife Fund. Today, even Abu Dhabi resorts such as the well-known Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara organize excursions to observe these animals.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+