An Oryx is a common name given to 3 or 4 different species of large antelope that live in Africa and the Middle East
Their fur is pale with contrasting dark markings in the face and on the legs. The exception is the Scimitar Oryx, which lacks dark markings on the legs, only has faint dark markings on the head, and has an ochre neck
The horns of the Oryx are long (around 30 inches), narrow, ringed and straight except for the Scimitars, which curve backward. Their horns are very powerful weapons and Oryx have been known to kill lions with them
Both male and females have horns
They live in dry, arid or semiarid areas such as deserts, savannas, and steppes
They typically feed in early morning and late afternoon on course grasses and thorny shrubs, they also dig for tubers and roots in the ground. All Oryx species can survive without water for long periods.
They live in herds of up to 600 animals. The dominance hierarchy among Oryx is based on age and size. Males that dominate are territorial to a degree, marking their areas with dung deposits.