June 18, 2011 by staff
Wild Unicorn, The Arabian Oryx, Arabian known as the unicorn, is thriving again in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula after being taken to near-extinction. Oryx – a large species of antelope with two long horns are believed to have given rise to legends Unicorn is known locally as Al Maha, and is widely used in Arabic poetry and paintings, reports the Washington Examiner.
Efforts to breed in captivity and release oryx back into their natural habitat in Oman began in 1982, a decade after the latter was supposedly killed in the wild, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said, according reports the Washington Examiner. Now, more than 1,000 wild or white Arabian Oryx now exist in nature.
“That brought the Arabian oryx from the edge of extinction is a great achievement and a success story of conservation of truth, one that hope will be repeated many times to other endangered species,” said Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO Agency UAE-Abu Dhabi Environment Government, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
This year, the oryx was reclassified as “vulnerable”, the biggest improvement to date for a species thought extinct in the wild.
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