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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92 comments

William C
William C5 months ago

Thank you for caring.

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W. C
W. C6 months ago

Thanks.

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CHRISTINANICKI G.
.5 years ago

good news,thank you for sharing

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Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

thanks

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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton6 years ago

Good news! Thanks for the article.

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for the great post.

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Heather Marvin
Heather Marv6 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.

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John B.
John B6 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful story Jake.

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Sandi C.
Sandi C6 years ago

HOPE THEY MAKE A COME BACK AND AREN'T ENDANGERED ANYMORE!

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Waltraud U.
Waltraud U6 years ago

Fine to them - feeling well.

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