Brevard Zoo welcomes rare antelope calf

Scimitar-horned oryx extinct in the wild


MELBOURNE, Fla. – There's a new, rare antelope calf strutting his stuff at the Brevard Zoo.

The scimitar-horned oryx calf was born Feb. 3 at the zoo and visitors can see him on exhibit with the rest of his herd, including his mother, 7-year-old Danica. Visitors can keep an eye out for the baby while on the kayak tour or while on the Cape to Cairo Express train.

Naming rights for the 22-pound calf will be auctioned off during the zoo's Safari Under the Stars event in April.

The scimitar-horned oryx was once one of the most prevalent mammal species across northern Africa, extending from Morocco to Egypt and as far south as Sudan, but became extinct in the wild in 1999 because of climate change and hunting. 

The species is now bred in human care.

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