The Scimitar-Horned Oryx, (Oryx dammah), is an antelope native to northern Africa. It is available in Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species.

Zoo Tycoon 2


The scimitar-horned oryx lives in the desert biome. It is not very tolerant of other biomes.


The oryx is an herbivore that feeds on hay and grass.


The oryx uses the salt lick.


The oryx will use the shade structure as a shelter.


The scimitar-horned oryx likes to live in large herds. They are very slow breeders and will only produce about 2 offspring in their Zoo Tycoon 2 lifespan. Fennec foxes and hyenas will hunt young oryxes. It does not mind sharing its exhibit with camels or addaxes.

Zoo Tycoon (Xbox)

The scimitar-horned oryx was included in Zoo Tycoon (Xbox), as an Xbox One exclusive.


Trivia not relevant for the game

  • Since Endangered Species, the scimitar-horned oryx's conservation status has been changed from critically endangered to extinct in the wild since 2000s.
  • The scimitar-horned oryx was once widespread in northern Africa. Its decline began as a result of climate change, and later it was hunted extensively for its horns. Today, it is bred in captivity in special reserves in Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal and on private exotic animal ranches in the Texas Hill Country.
  • The unicorn myth may have originated from sightings of a scimitar oryx with a broken horn.


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