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|Photo was taken in Safari, Ramat-Gan. |
The combined African Park and zoo are popularly known as the "Safari" opened to the general public in 1974 as an African animal park. In 1981, a modern zoo was established in the middle of the park, populated with animals brought from the former Tel Aviv Zoo, which had closed.
The African Park and the zoo within occupy 250 acres and include 1,600 animals of different species: 68 species of mammals, 130 species of fowl, and 25 species of reptiles.
The Safari is the largest animal collection in the Middle East and is unique in the world, because of the large herds of mixed species of African animals that roam the spacious African Park. The zoo contains a variety of animals from around the world.
Outstanding are its breeding herds of both African and Asian elephants, the gorilla and orangutan families, the hippo herd and the pride of lions.
The Safari's educational purpose is to promote the conservation of nature- from the belief that we love what we know, and we preserve what we love.
The Scimitar Oryx (Oryx dammah) is found in steppe and desert in central Niger and Chad, the extent of their habitation is unknown.
The Scimitar Oryx is just over a metre at the shoulder and weighs around two hundred kilograms. Their coats are white with a red-brown chest and black markings on the forehead and down the length of the nose. The horns are long, thin and parallel and curve backwards (like a scimitar) and can reach a metre to a metre and a quarter on both sexes.
Scimitar-Horned Oryx at the Wildlife Ranch in San Antonio, TX.The Scimitar Oryx lives in steppe and desert where they eat leaves, grass and fruit. They form herds of mixed sex containing up to seventy animals. Formerly they would gather in groups of several thousand for migration, but there are no longer enough oryx for this. Scimitar Oryx can survive without water for many weeks, because their kidneys prevent loss of water from urination and they can raise their body temperature to avoid perspiration.
Scimitar Oryx were hunted for their horns, almost to extinction. Where once they occupied the whole Sahara, they are now considered to be extinct in the wild, although there have been unconfirmed sightings in Chad and Niger.
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