Fine art illustration of an Arabian Oryx. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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The Arabian Oryx was completed on 2.19.2014. The Gemsbok was one of my first wildlife drawings I had completed. While I love he genus, I hadn't returned to it for many years. But a friend posted a striking photo of some oryx to Facebook, and I thought the time had come to draw another member. Seeing as there's only four extant species, I'll likely draw the other two in the next few months.
The Arabian Oryx - also called the White Oryx - is a medium-sized antelope native to the gravel and hard sand deserts of the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula. It is the smallest of the Oryx genus. It has been, however, extirpated from most of it's historical range and now lives only in small pockets, usually in protected areas. The Arabian Oryx is a social animal, usually living in small groups. They tend to graze on a variety of grasses, but will also eat the buds on trees, fruits, tubers, roots and herbs. While the animal is considered endangered by some conservation groups, aggressive programs have been instituted to preserve the species and save it from extinction. It has even been reintroduced into certain areas of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Jordan. It is the national animal of Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.