Sunday, August 29, 2010

Screwhorn antelopes

I have been to Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort last April 2010. Actually it was a spur of the moment decision to visit Al Ain Zoo right after taking some pictures of the biggest mosque at Al Humairah Community. If you wish to read my previous posts about Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort or if you'd like to have a look at my photos, please click here.

It wasn't one o'clock in the afternoon but the scorching heat of the sun made the mercury climb up to 40 degrees Celsius. I was a bit tired of walking and I wanted to take a rest for few minutes before heading to the Birds House when I saw this herd of Addax, resting at the shady nook under the trees. Seeing them for the first time was an enthralling experience for me. I have seen quite few types of antelopes but this herd of addax really amazed me. Those screwhorns antelopes were simply unique and magnificent. Addax is from the family of bovidae and thriving in several isolated regions of Sahara Desert. They are classified as critically endangered species by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). We're lucky to have some here in Al Ain City ;).

If you wish to read further about this type of antelope, please click here and here.

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Word of the day: arba'een is the Arabic word for forty (I'm running out of Arabic words to share hahaha!). Salaam!


  1. Beautiful antelope, Misalyn. Sad that they're also critically endangered like so many species of wildlife. You will never run out of Arabic words. You post such interesting subjects and I love to see the word of the day. Bless you my friend. Jo

  2. These antelopes are so very beautiful! There is a such elegance in them!

  3. hey they are so b'ful but i thought they are Brahmin cows, they too have horns.

    ☻☻ Naqvee

  4. What a great composition, Misalyn!
    Just wonderful photo!


  5. How peace providing to see them still alive and able to find a shadow place. And yes, the heat can indeed be tough ! Wishing you a good start into the new week.

  6. Fascinating creatures! Very aptly named too — those horns are impressive. Poor things must be feeling as hot as you too.

  7. Wow! They really are beautiful and graceful creatures.

  8. ooh,
    makes me feel like i've actually been to this zoo. ^0^
    they look adorable...
    endangered already?
    i hope they'll take care of it.

  9. Looks like they are well rested, comfortable under the shade. The heat could get me tired and dizzy.

    I hope they find this zoo their permanent home.


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