Arabian Oryx.

David Shepherd


david shepherd, Arabian Oryx, signed limited edition print
'Arabian Oryx'
Signed Limited Edition of 950
Date of publication 1990
Image Size 18" x 30"
In stock_; price please call 01623 799 309

The Arabian oryx or white oryx (Oryx leucoryx) is a medium-sized antelope with a distinct shoulder bump, long, straight horns, and a tufted tail.
It is a bovid, and the smallest member of the genus Oryx, native to desert and steppe areas of the Arabian Peninsula.
The Arabian oryx was extinct in the wild by the early 1970s, but was saved in zoos and private preserves, and was reintroduced into the wild starting in 1980.
In 1986, the Arabian oryx was classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List, and in 2011, it was the first animal to revert to vulnerable status after previously being listed as extinct in the wild.
Populations were estimated at 1,220 individuals in the wild, including 850 mature individuals, and 6,000 to 7,000 in captivity worldwide.
A Qatari oryx named 'Orry' was chosen as the official games mascot for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, and is shown on tailfins of planes belonging to Middle Eastern airline Qatar Airways.
It is the national animal of Oman.