Arabian Oryx Released From Shomari, According To IUCN

By on Jun 17, 2011 in Animals, Science, World Comments
Arabian or White Oryx
Arabian Oryx
Image Credit: Jamal Nasrallah

Arabian or white Oryx from Shomari in Jordan and other breeding places of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) were being released to the wild, according to reports published by several international news sites on Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Arabian Oryx are large antelope species with two long horns, can smell water from afar and has wide hooves for easy navigation. They are known as Al Maha in the Arab peninsula and usually come in small groups of 8 to 10. About 1,000 wild Arabian Oryx were successfully bred by the IUCN in a span of three decades.

With its long, narrow horns, the white oryx is being related to the legend of the unicorn. These animals living in the deserts of Arab peninsula, was on the brink of extinction until the IUCN came to the rescue in 1982.

During the breeding program, IUCN was able to determine that Oryx can adapt to wild environment such as the desert in Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

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