from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large antelope, Oryx beisa, of northeastern Africa, of a light-gray color with black markings. The horns are long, almost straight, and directed backward. It is a near relative of the South African oryx, O. gazella. See oryx.
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Beisa oryx (Oryx beisa) persist, but have been greatly reduced by hunting pressure.
In the drier areas several large mammal species occur such as cheetah, lion, elephant, beisa oryx, Grevy's zebra and reticulated giraffe.
The beisa oryx (Oryx gazella beisa) was formerly widespread throughout Somalia.
Beiza oryx (Oryx gazella beisa), Awash National Park, Ethiopia.
Sir Bani Yas is now the home of 23 species which include everything from giraffes to a beisa oryx.
The arid-adapted mammalian fauna include Burchell's zebra (Equus burchelli), Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi, EN), beisa oryx (Oryx beisa beisa, LR), Grant's gazelle (Gazella granti), topi (Damaliscus lunatus), lion (Panthera leo), and cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus, VU).
The ecoregion also features several species of arid-adapted ungulate: the endangered Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi), beisa oryx (Oryx gazella beisa), gerenuk (Litocranius walleri) and lesser kudu (Tragelaphus imberbis).