Arabian Wild Unicorn
June 19, 2011 by staff
Arabian Wild Unicorn, A bright white antelope with long horns and thin, the Arabian oryx is believed to have inspired the earliest accounts of unicorns. (His two horns appear as a view from the side.) And until recently, the real animal had become almost as scarce as the legendary classified as extinct in the wild due to hunting. Now, the oryx is back from the brink in what conservationists are calling the most successful recovery for any species.
The news of the recovery of the oryx was a little brighter in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s recent report on endangered species. Captive breeding and reintroduction has led to the population of wild animals – is thought to be extinct in 1972 – up to 1,000 people, allowing the IUCN to reclassify their status against the extinction of vulnerable groups. “It’s the first time a species that was once classified as extinct in the wild has improved its fortunes to such a degree,” reported The Guardian.
At home in the desert
Historically, the animal stretched over most of the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sinai peninsula, Israel, Jordan and Iraq, according to the Phoenix Zoo, who helped in the recovery from the first breeding captive herd of Arabian oryx in any zoo. A nomadic animal, oryx well adapted to survive in some of the drier and warmer in the world. “Their pure white coat is thought to reflect direct solar radiation” of Centre National Wildlife Research in Saudi Arabia says
The resistant animal has been hunted, but in recent bagging an oryx was not easy, Sports Illustrated, wrote in a 1973 article:
Only the best hunters of a Bedouin tribe – those who are able and willing to endure long periods of living in the dried meat and camel milk – tried to outdo the oryx. This often means the end of the animals for days under the scorching desert sun. For many, the search ended in death for the hunter rather than prey. The few who managed was honored for his courage, the Arabs believed strength, stamina and virility were derived from eating the flesh of the oryx.
“Slaughter of” by hunters with helicopters
Cars, guns, and then the planes and helicopters to turn the tables in favor of the hunters, the magazine writes: “What had been a test of skill and endurance game degenerated into a slaughter of machining.” He chalks of the credit for time saving animals and hunters, however, American and European hunters participating in the attempt to capture some of the few remaining oryx and install them in zoos and other breeding programs. As happily proved a prescientanlysis, the 1973 Sports Illustrated concluded:
“The day the herds of oryx on this side of the world is big enough to return to the wilderness that once roamed wild is still far in the future, but the fact that there is a future is a dramatic example of the international large-scale conservation. “
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