World News Eight Arabian oryx calves born at royal reserve

RIYADH: Eight Arabian oryx calves have been welcomed at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Royal Reserve, it was announced on Thursday.

The arrival of the oryxes marks a significant step in the reserve’s breeding program, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The species was classified as “extinct” in the wild in the 1970s by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In 1986 it was classed as “endangered” and in 2011 it became the first animal to revert to “vulnerable” status on the IUCN’s Red List.

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