July 22, 2014

Oryx of Arabia

Photograph by Bo Fu

"In the afternoon, it was so hot at the bottom of the dune that the oryx ran to the dune top for coolness," writes Bo Fu, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Often referred to as the Arabian unicorn, the oryx once lingered on the brink of extinction; in 1972 only six animals remained in the wild. Now, more than a thousand individuals populate its native range of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.

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