Latest Arabian Oryx Reintroduction Stories
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.
A male scimitar-horned oryx from the Smithsonianâ€™s National Zooâ€™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 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...
- Large; stout; burly.