Rare antelopes that were declared endangered and almost extinct, finally returned to the steppes of the Sahara. Despite such a declaration, the scimitar-horned oryx kind lives freely again for the first time in 20 years.
This type of antelope is considered the one with the highest level of endangerment. In a period of only 50 years, the number of antelopes significantly decreased.
For example in 1930 there could have been seen 10,000 antelopes moving across the steppes of Chad in Central Africa. And in 1980 it was considered that in the wild have remained even less than 500.
Under controlled conditions antelopes have so far been treated worldwide to preserve the kind, because they kept dying out in the wild.
A herd of six males and eight females were returned 4 months ago near the central Chad.
This reintroduction operated by a range of organizations, including the Zoological Society of London, led by the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi and the Government of Chad, allowed these animals to return to their natural habitat.
This figure was actually joined by those 21 antelopes that were returned back in August last year.
The previous edition was so successful that conservationists were able to celebrate the birth of the first cub of this species in the wild in two decades. And that is really a significant achievement for those who tried to save the species from extinction.
“The birth of the first antelope, also for us is a very encouraging act. We have great hope that one day, in the not too distant future, flocks of this kind will again be a common sight for this region”, said Tim Watcher, who works with antelopes for over 30 years.
Antelopes are well-known to people for centuries. The ancient Egyptians domesticated and used for religious rituals, while wealthy Romans considered these animals as their favorite.
Also in the past it has often been thought that the antelope is derived from the mythical unicorn. Because if you watch antelopes from the side, it seems that they have a horn coming out of many heads.