18 Jun '11, 4am

Arabian "Unicorn" Is No Longer Extinct (VIDEO):

Arabian "Unicorn" Is No Longer Extinct (VIDEO):

The unicorn in question is the Arabian oryx, an antelope species widely thought to be the real animal behind the legend of the unicorn. Hunted to extinction in the wild -- the last wild Arabian oryx was shot dead in 1972 -- the Arabian oryx has now made a comeback. Thanks to a captive breeding program, there are now 1000 living in their wild home of the Arabian peninsula. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Arabian oryx has been moved from "endangered" to the less-serious category of "vulnerable" in the latest red list of threatened species. Indeed, it's the first time a species classified as extinct in the wild has seen such a reversal in its population. As the Guardian notes, 19 species of frogs, toads and salamanders have been added to the red list, eight of which are critically endangered. Other species are equally threatened: An...

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