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