The horns on the Scimitar Horned Oryx found on Texas ranches are the biggest in the world, providing for the ultimate trophies and hunting records. Horn lengths often exceed 34 inches with good trophies in the 38-50 inch ranges. A male Scimitar Oryx typically weighs 300 - 470 lbs and the females 200-300 lbs.
Name: Scimitar Horned Oryx
Scientific Name: Oryx dammah
Price: Bulls=$3,000 / Cows=$2,500
The Scimitar-horned Oryx is white with a chestnut neck and chest and long, graceful, curved horns that can exceed 40 inches in length. They are able to survive in extreme heat and are able to go for weeks without water. Although now extinct in the wild, they have thrived on a number of hunting ranches in Texas and may be legally hunted year round.
They inhabited semideserts and deserts and were adapted to live in the extreme heat, with their efficient cooling mechanism and very low requirement of water. Scimitar oryx feed on foliage, grasses, succulent plants and plant parts during the night or early morning.
The scimitar oryx was once widespread across 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 Texas.