Central Florida zoo welcomes arrival of rare baby antelope

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Posted: Feb 16, 2017 7:51 AM

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Zoo-goers in central Florida can get a look at a rare baby antelope.

Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/2lVut1u) reports the baby scimitar-horned oryx and its mom can be seen in their exhibit by visitors who take kayak tours or the Cairo Express train rides at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne.

Zoo officials say the mom of the 22-pound calf was born at the zoo seven years ago.

In a statement, zoo officials say scimitar-horned oryxs, named for their sword-like antlers, used to be prevalent from northern Africa to Sudan until they went extinct in the wild in 1999. Since then, the desert antelope have been successfully bred in captivity and some have even been reintroduced in their native range.