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2011-06-17
Great News - Arabian Oryx


The Arabian Oryx - Oryx leucoryx - or White Oryx is a medium sized antelope with a distinct shoulder hump, long straight horns, and a tufted tail.

It was hunted to near extinction, is now facing a more secure future according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Its wild population now stands at 1,000 individuals.

The species found only on the Arabian Peninsula, is locally known as Al Maha. It is believed the last wild individual was shot in 1972. This year, thanks to successful captive breeding and re-introduction efforts, the oryx has finally qualified for a move from the Endangered category to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List—the first time that a species that was once Extinct in the Wild has improved by three categories.

 


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