Fossil Rim welcomes endangered addax calves this spring

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Newborn addax calves add to the numbers of this critically endangered species at Fossil Rim. Photo courtesy Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Newborn addax calves help increase the numbers of this critically endangered species at Fossil Rim. Photo courtesy Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

How can you tell it is really spring? The addax calves arrive at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

Spring means many of the center’s antelope species begin calving. Within the last couple weeks, several addax have been born. The accompanying photo is from one of the first glimpses of a newborn calf from this critically endangered species.

“This little guy joins several other addax calves born in the last several days,” Fossil Rim said in a written statement.

“Addax are critically endangered, desert adapted antelope, and tragically, less than 300 remain in their native habitat of Chad and Niger,” Fossil Rim added. “This species breeds well in Texas.”

More than 550 addax have been born at Fossil Rim.

Addax are one of the target species for our Big Herds study in cooperation with the Conservation Centers for Species Survival.

“Spring is a great season to visit Fossil Rim and see the fruition of our efforts to conserve threatened and endangered species,” the center noted.

Learn more about the Big Herds project at http://conservationcenters.org/conservation-research/creating-sustainable-herds/

 

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