The Scimitar-horned Oryx, a member of the antelope family, gets its name from the shape of its horns; they look like long, curved Arabian swords called “scimitars.” These animals can go weeks or even months without water in extreme heat. They are able to cool the blood flowing to their brains through capillaries in their noses as they breathe.
The Scimitar-Horned Oryx (Oryx dammah) once ranged across North Africa but are now believed to be extinct in the wild and currently live only in zoos. However, there have been several successful breeding herds in zoos, so perhaps one day they can be reintroduced into the wild. This Scimitar-Horned Oryx was photographed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.