The beira stands 1.5 to 2.0 ft (0.46 to 0.61 m) high at the shoulder and weighs between 20 and 25 lb (9.1 and 11 kg). It has a coarse, red-grey coat with a yellow-red face. It has long, 6 in (15 cm) ears and the males of the species have short, straight horns. The captive-breeding program at the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar has a current population of about 35 beira.
The term 'beira' is derived from behra, its Somali name.
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