Zoo Miami

Endangered Arabian Oryx Born at Zoo Miami

Visitors at a zoo in Southeast Florida on Friday witnessed a rare sight: the birth of an endangered animal.

An Arabian Oryx gave birth in her exhibit as both visitors and Zoo Miami staff looked on.

The Arabian Oryx species is considered highly endangered, and was declared extinct in the wild in 1972. Zoo Miami's Ron Magill said captive breeding programs in zoos helped rebound the wild population numbers close to 1,500.

These antelope are now found in Saudi Arabia and Oman, and can go for weeks without water. According to Magill, the Arabian Oryx is believed to have started the legend of the unicorn, since it appears to have only one horn when seen in profile.

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