Two scimitar oryx cubs were born in the last few weeks at Altis Zoo. The zoo announced Tuesday that the two lambs are in good health and are now walking with the rest of the herd and their mother. Unfortunately, the third lamb also died following the bird.
The scimitar oryx is one of 84 plant and animal species considered “extinct in the wild” by the IUCN. This means that the only known survivors of these species are those in captivity. Artis has contributed to Europe’s species conservation programs for 60 years to prevent these plants and animals from becoming completely extinct.
Last year, Artis moved the scimitar oryx to a new enclosure next to the front door. They share an enclosure with meerkats. Animal manager Danny Sopies said the two cubs are doing well there. “Shortly after birth, both lambs were found completely dry and licked clean. This is a good sign of the bond between mother and lamb. The cats gathered around the young scimitar oryx curiously and curiously.”
“The lambs had been away from the flock for a while to rest and strengthen the bond between mother and child. After about 14 weeks, young people become independent and independent of their mothers,” Sopies said.
The scimitar oryx, also known as the Saharan oryx, features long curved horns and a sandy, light skin that blends into the desert and savannah landscapes of North Africa. It was once one of the most common large mammals in North Africa, home to hundreds of thousands of animals from Morocco to Egypt.
The scimitar oryx population declined rapidly in the 20th century due to overhunting for its horn, meat, and skin, and a surge in livestock farming in its habitat. Artis said the last time a scimitar oryx was seen in the wild was in the late 1980s. At the time, there were only about 8,000 of these animals in zoos, safari parks and private holdings around the world.
https://nltimes.nl/2023/07/18/two-scimitar-oryx-extinct-wild-born-artis-zoo Two extinct wild scimitar oryx born at Altis Zoo