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Cape May County Zoo Welcomes Two New Additions

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CAPE MAY COUNTY, N.J. -

 The Cape May County Zoo welcomed 2 new residents last month. Two Scimitar Horned Oryx were born in February. The zoo Veterinarian Dr. Alex Ernst, reported that on February 15, a male Scimitar-Horned Oryx was born, and on February 27, a female was born.

Ernst says "both calves are healthy and strong."

 Freeholder Marie Hayes, who oversees the Cape May County Park and Zoo adds that the calves are not out for public viewing yet. "Unfortunately, due to the winter weather conditions, the calves will not be out for public viewing until the climate is more moderate and they are older and ready to be introduced to the father, Levi.  At that time, we will make sure the public is informed and has an opportunity to see the new addition to the Zoo family." 

Scimitar-horned Oryx historically were widespread across North Africa, in arid and Saharan areas, but now extinct in the wild over all its range. Captive herds are kept in fenced protected areas in Tunisia, Senegal and Morocco as part of long-term reintroduction programs.  Over hunting and habitat loss, including competition with domestic livestock, has been reported as the main reasons for the extinction of the wild population of Scimitar-horned Oryx.

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