Dublin Zoo Oryx New Arrival
Scimitar-Horned Oryx Born at Dublin Zoo!
Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male scimitar-horned oryx, a species classified as extinct in the wild*. Born on 8th December 2016, the newest addition to the herd brings its total to four.
The scimitar-horned oryx was once widespread across northern Africa but due to overhunting, habitat loss and competition with domestic livestock, they have gradually disappeared from the wild. The species have now been classified as extinct in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as there has been no definitive evidence of their presence in the wild for more than 15 years.
Commenting on the birth, team leader Helen Clarke-Bennet said, “We are absolutely thrilled with the new arrival and recognise the significance of this birth in the conservation of the scimitar-horned oryx. The calf has shown strong signs of settling into its new surroundings and is mixing extremely well with the rest of the herd.”
Record Visitor Levels
After a bumper year with many new arrivals, Dublin Zoo is thrilled to announce its highest ever visitor numbers with 1,143,904 people passing through the gates in 2016 – over 40,000 more than 2015. Exceeding the one-millionth mark for the sixth year running, the 2016 footfall figure confirms Dublin Zoo as Ireland’s most popular family attraction.
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*The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Version 3.1) lists the scimitar-horned oryx as “Extinct in the Wild”. A number of factors have contributed to this species decline including over-hunting, war, development, drought and competition with domestic livestock