On World Animal Day, celebrated on the 4th of October, the Lisbon Zoo will present to the public the most recent calf of scimitar oryx (Oryx dammah) who was born in the Portuguese zoo. Birth is particularly “special” because it is a species classified as “Extinct in the Wild” since 2000 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
According to the Lisbon Zoo, “hunting, drought and desertification of the arid and desert areas of North Africa” are the “main threats to survival” of the species, with a concerted effort between different entities to recover the scimitar oryx, through measures such as “reproduction under human care, recovery of the natural habitat and the organized reintroduction of herds”, he says in a statement.
Through the Conservation Fund, the Lisbon Zoo “supports, among others, the project to reintroduce the scimitar oryx into natural parks in North Africa”, details the press release.
To celebrate this “so important” birth and World Animal Day, a hobby to “offer five double invites”. For to participate, it is necessary to follow the official Zoo de Lisboa page on Instagram, identify three friends in the giveaway publication and share it in Stories. The competition ends at 6 pm on the 3rd of October, the winners are announced on the 4th and the tickets can be used from the 5th of October until the end of the year.
In addition to the hobby, several activities in the next days. This weekend, October 1st and 2nd, there will be several Animal Talks from 10 am to 4 pm, dedicated to “the most interesting curiosities about the zoo’s inhabitants, among them, this most recent calf”. There will also be Conversations with the beekeeper and a “set of activities guided by a lot of science”.
On Saturday, the book launch is still scheduled A Rainbow Adventureby Liliana Brito: between 3 pm and 5 pm, in the zoo’s bandstand, in the free access area, there is “a magical adventure to discover what exists at the end of the rainbow”.
On the 4th, the Lisbon Zoo challenges schools and families to enter a visit online free, through Youtube, from 11 am. During about 45 minutes, the journey goes “from the African savannah to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, passing through the deserts of North Africa to observe the zoo’s newest offspring”.