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Addax

Common name: Addax
Scientific name:
Addax nasomaculatus

At the zoo: Cactus (male, 10y), Seguara (female, 8y), Piper (female, 1y), and Beau (newborn)

Habitat:
Addax prefer arid regions, including sandy and stony deserts. They formerly inhabited all parts of the Sahara Desert, however, only one population now remains on a reserve in Niger.

Diet:
In the wild, Addax eat coarse desert grasses and the leaves of small bushes and trees. They get sufficient moisture from food and can go long periods without drinking water.

Life Expectancy:
11 - 13  years

Biology:
Addax weigh from 100 to 135 kg. They have grey/brown coats, with their colour changing (slightly) throughout the seasons.

Conservation Status:
Critically endangered | Addax populations were once plentiful, but over-hunting has led to critically low numbers. Hunted for meat and leather has led the population to drop to less than 500 in the wild.

Fun Fact:
Did you know that Addax are also known as White Antelope or Screwhorn Antelope!?


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