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National Zoo scimitar-horned oryx going into the wild
Date:3/4/2008

nter, the Kansas City Zoo, the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas, The Wilds in Ohio and Texas Bamberger Ranch joined oryx from Fota Wildlife Park in Ireland and Frances Le Pal Parc Animalier et DAttractions in Tunisia in December 2007. The National Zoos oryx will provide a significant infusion of valuable genes into the reintroduced population.

Scientists at the National Zoos Conservation and Research Center also are continuing important research to help find ways to better manage scimitar-horned oryx, both in the wild and in zoos. National Zoo scientists pioneered artificial insemination techniques for oryx in order to ensure that genetically valuable but behaviorally incompatible pairs could reproduce.

Two oryx are on exhibit at the National Zoo, and several more oryx remain at the Conservation and Research Center.


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