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Scimitar-horned Oryx

The scimitar-horned oryx with their long, characterestic, sickle-shaped horns which swoop over their backs, once thrived all over northern Africa and are now the most endangered of all antelope. They are stocky, mostly milky white and are now limited to very small populations in Chad and Niger, They were once used by ancient Egyptians as domestic animals but have been hunted to near extinction by local tribesmen. Ironically, there are now more scimitar-horned oryx living on Texas' game parks alone, than in all of the their native land. No one knows the true numbers of those remaining in the wild and there could quite possibly be no more wild oryx in Africa at all.


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