Three rare Scimitar Horned Oryx calves born

Three rare Scimitar Horned Oryx calves have been born at Woburn Safari Park.

Mothers Eileen and Julie each had one boy, while Jody gave birth to a female calf.

As a species that has been extinct in the wild since 2007, the birth of these three oryx calves is of particular importance for the species, which is part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).

Oryx Calf

Weighing just 8-10kg at birth, the trio will come to weigh between 180-200kg once fully grown. The adults are easily recognisable from their large horns, but the calves are born without any horns at all; they begin to grow when they are one week ago and take around two years for them to reach their full length.

Oryx Running

All three calves were standing and feeding about 20-30 minutes after birth and have already been seen having a good run around by visitors travelling through the Road Safari.