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The Oryx in the UAE ٍS. Sheet - 2013

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TECHNICAL DETAILS
Name of the Issue The Oryx in the UAE
Release Date 26 Aug 2013
Denominations AED1, 150 Fils, AED 3
Souvenir Sheet AED 15
Size 50x30 mm in sheets of 10 stamps 
Designer Emirates Post Group in cooperation with Mrs. Tania Salha
Printing Method Lithography
Printer Cartor Printing Press- France
Quantities Stamp 50,000 each/ S.Sheet 6000
 
The Oryx in the UAE

The Arabian Oryx, one of the largest desert mammals in the Arab region, has been an important part of the Arabian heritage throughout history. Also known as wide cows, the Oryx are large antelopes that weigh between 80 to 100 kg and stand nearly 1.5 meters tall at the shoulder. Both male and female Arabian Oryx carry long and slightly curved horns with sharp edges which they use to defend themselves against enemies.

Pure white fur covers the body of the animals with black or brown stripes on the legs and face. Its white colour, while helping to overcome the heat of the sun, makes it extremely visible and easy to be chased and killed by hunters. Although the Oryx is famous for its stamina, it cannot run very fast.

The unique characteristics of the Arabian Oryx have helped it adapt to the harsh climate conditions of the Arabian Peninsula over the centuries. The animal, which feeds on grass and desert plants, is not completely dependent on any single type of plant. In dry seasons, it feeds on roots of wild plants as well as succulent plants which contain a lot of water and have high nutritional value. The animal only needs water equivalent to 2 to 4% of its body weight and can survive on plants and grass without drinking water for a long time.

Historically, the Arabian Oryx was found in two major subgroups that roamed freely in the northern region of the Arabian Peninsula and the Empty Quarter.