Common name: Addax
Scientific name: Addax nasomaculatus
At the zoo: Seguara (female, 9y), Piper (female, 2y), Beau (1y), and a wee newborn, born March 15th!
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.
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.
11 - 13 years
Addax weigh from 100 to 135 kg. They have grey/brown coats, with their colour changing (slightly) throughout the seasons. They have wide, splayed hooves to help keep them on top of sand.
A nomadic animal with the ability to survive in areas of extreme temperature and aridity, addax have been extirpated from most of their original range in North Africa. Due to disturbance from oil exploration and poaching, they are at risk of becoming extinct in the wild.
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.
Did you know that Addax are also known as White Antelope or Screwhorn Antelope!?