Oryx - Africa - Desert

Scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah)
In the open desert, where daytime temperatures can reach 55°C (131°F), how does it stand the heat?

Its pale color reflects heat from the sun, while its white belly reflects heat rising from the ground. Its long legs raise the body above the hot sand, where it is 23°C (40°F) cooler than at ground level. Horns with sheaths funnel heat away from the body, and its muzzle contains blood vessels that flush heat from the body and cool the brain.

Scimitar-horned oryx
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