Dwayne Kent Singleton: The Plight of the Scimitar Horned Oryx
The Scimitar Horned Oryx is a beautiful animal that is native to the deserts of Egypt, Chad, and Senegal. Unfortunately the Oryx is now completely extinct in the wild due to large herds of domesticated cattle grazing on their vegetation, over-hunting for their coats, climate change, and the encroachment of human settlements into their habitat. Dwayne Kent Singleton, a successful oil and gas professional from Texas, has raised Scimitar Horned Oryx in the past and is a witness to the beauty of this rare animal.
The tragedy of the Scimitar Horned Oryx is they went from plentiful to extinct in the wild within a matter of decades. Thankfully the work of individuals like Dwayne Kent Singleton and zoos has maintained a population of the Oryx that is able to slowly be released back into the wild.
Dwayne Kent Singleton, a native of Texas, loves this animal because of the survivalist traits they possess to flourish in the harshest of deserts. One of these traits is the ability to increase their body temperature to 116 degrees Fahrenheit which allows them to conserve water by reducing sweating. In the hostile deserts common to Africa and the American Southwest a source of water is the difference between life and death.
As is the case with most endangered or extinct animals, the Scimitar Horned Oryx possesses a quality that is appeasing to the human eye; a beautiful set of twisted ivory antlers. Dwayne Kent Singleton has had the chance to interact with these animals and explains that he is extremely grateful to have been integral to the survival of this species.