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  • Context (BBC): Scimitar-horned oryx returns to the wild after 23-year extinction.
  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has now downgraded its classification from ‘Extinct in the Wild’ to ‘Endangered’.
  • Reasons for extinction: Due to extended periods of drought and rampant hunting in the 1980s.
  • The scimitar-horned oryx has improved its status due to both in-situ and ex-situ conservation.
  • Scimitar-Horned Oryx (or Sahara Oryx) is a majestic antelope species.
  • Distribution: It is found in North Africa.
  • Habitat: It inhabits desert, savanna, and scrubland.
  • Threat: Agriculture, climate change, hunting, invasive species.
  • Conservation status: IUCN: EN

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