One-month-old Scimitar-horned oryx calf is born at Marwell Zoo. It’s time for celebrations in the Zoo. This type of antelope is categorized as ‘extinct in the wild’.
The one-month-old antelope is as named Freya. It is born to parents Christina and Tenzi. Zoo Team Leader Tim Rowlands said, “the calf is running and enjoying in the paddock”. Furthermore, Rowlands added “the calf is too young to let it roam in a wider area without observation”.
IUCN declared this species extinct in 2000s. This species now needs human help. For proper breeding, it requires good care to continue this race.
Maxwell Zoo is responsible for the conservation of this species. In November 1971, they brought their first Scimitar-horned oryx. Since then, they had 378 births of this species. This marks the success of their conservation plan at the Zoo.
In addition, the Zoo has also tried to reintroduce this species in the natural habitat. The habitat is located in Tunisia. This project is a collaboration between Maxwell Zoo and Edinburgh Zoo. This project started in 1985 with only 10 of these antelopes. Therefore, now there are nearly 300 of them in protected areas.
These antelopes have white fur all over their body. Except for their neck and chest, it is of reddish-brown color. In addition to this, they are also known as ‘desert species’. Also, they have white-colored fur to reflect the heat. Oryx antelopes are found in the deserts of Africa also in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. Hence, this species can survive without drinking water for months. Moreover, they absorb water from plants they eat.
Their females can reproduce after 8 months of giving birth. Also, they like to roam at night in comparison to days.
The birth of this antelope has given a ray of hope to this species!