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Latest Arabian Oryx Reintroduction Stories

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2011-06-17 10:15:07

A species of antelope that is possibly the source for the legend of the unicorn has been successfully reintroduced into its native habitat after having been hunted to all but extinction, reports the AFP news agency. The oryx comes by unicorn legend because when viewed in profile the two slender horns can appear to be a single horn. Oryx leucoryx, a desert antelope native to the Arabian peninsula, has long been on the endangered species list after being effectively extinct in the wild....

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2008-03-04 12:05:10

A male scimitar-horned oryx from the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va., is playing an important role in ensuring the species does not vanish from the planet. The oryx, along with eight others from American and European zoos, was sent to Tunisia in December 2007 for an eventual reintroduction into the wild, where they have been extinct since the late 1970s. Oryx are a type of desert antelope that are mostly white with reddish-brown necks and...


Latest Arabian Oryx Reintroduction Reference Libraries

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2007-07-17 10:41:45

The Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx), is a bovid and the smallest member of the Oryx genus. It is native to desert and steppe areas of the Arabian Peninsula. This species was endangered by the early 1970s in the wild, and attempts have been made to build wild populations. With only little success, the species is still endangered and by 2003 only 106 specimens were alive in the wild. Today, there are plans to release 500 Arabian Oryx into the wild over the next 5 years. The Arabian Oryx stands...

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