Endangered Baby Oryx Born at National Zoo

A baby scimitar-horned oryx was successfully brought into the world at the National Zoo’s conservation center. It weighed twenty pounds at birth.

Steve Monfort, director of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute said of the birth, “Because most of the species we work with are critically endangered or extinct in the wild, each offspring born here is a real treasure and a testament to our scientific efforts.” Scimitar-horned oryx were hunted to near extinction for their horns. They are extinct in the wild. Sixteen now live under the Smithsonian Institute’s care.

Their native home is Saharan Africa, and there is a plan to eventually re-introduce them there. Such a plan, of course, depends upon success in the endangered species captive breeding program. The baby that was born is female. It has been over ten years since the birth of an oryx at the Virginia location.

Image Credit: Smithsonian Institute

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.3 years ago

good news,thank you for sharing

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Good news! Thanks for the article.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for the great post.

Heather Marvin
Heather Marv4 years ago

So glad that a baby scimitar-horned oryx has been born and may they continue to multiply in leaps and bounds but what an indictment on humanity when these animals are hunted to extinction in the wild. We were put on the Earth to care for Her!!! For those working to save endangered animals and bring them back from extinction, keep up your good work.

John B.
John B.4 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful story Jake.

Sandi C.
Sandi C.4 years ago


Waltraud U.
Waltraud U.4 years ago

Fine to them - feeling well.

Carole R.
Carole R.5 years ago

I would love to see these beautiful animals have a come back in the wild. It might never happen but if they continue to have successful captive breeding, who knows?

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y.6 years ago

Very cool! I hope our National Zoo does not follow the insanely wrong practices of the EEP in culling 'excess' endangered animals.

How can there be an excess of an endangered species?