Scimitar-horned Oryx

Scimitar-horned Oryx

Oryx dammah       

Status: Extinct in the Wild

The myth of the one-horned unicorn may have originated from this antelope, which was once widespread across northern Africa and was domesticated in ancient Egypt. Overhunting and habitat loss, including competition with domestic livestock, are the main reasons for the extinction of the wild population, according to the IUCN Redlist.

Photo: Charles Miller from Basingstoke, United Kingdom, Wikipedia

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