Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Extinct In The Wild


Scimitar-Horned Oryx at the Lisbon Zoo (global conservation program).
It's the largest mammal to have gone extinct in the wild in the last 20 years.

This beautiful antelope species, originally from northern Africa, was introduced to breeding programs on ranches in Texas, USA... for outrageous hunting purposes!!! This is sick.        

32 comments:

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

It is a pity how men destroys nature !

Cezar and Léia said...

Ele é maravilhoso! :)
Léia

Gine said...

J'appelle ça des jeux de c..., mais il paraît que ça ne se dit pas !

Julie said...

Yes, I noted a post on that yesterday, too.

Cathy Hudspeth said...

You should hear how those people in Texas think they are saving endangered species by raising animals and charging hunters to kill them. Unbelievable. Imagine killing this beautiful animal you have captured for sport. WOW - how awful!

Arija said...

How sad that it no longer exists in the wild and how brutal to hunt a farmed animal, like shooting a tethered goat. It is such a beautiful beast too.

Olivier said...

elle est belle, et c'est lamentable la chasse aux Oryx aux USA

Sharon said...

I couldn't agree more! What a beautiful animal.

crocrodyl said...

Sweet:)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a beautiful creature JM. I can't even comprehend the idea of breeding animals for the sole purpose of hunting them, it sounds like something out of the dark ages, not modern civilization!

JM said...

@PerthDP: It's all about money! They charge from $1500 to $4500 each kill, depending on how long the horns are. Preposterous!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, this is preposterous and disgusting!! Such a beautiful animal! I get so outraged at people in this country and particularly in Texas over issues like this!! Thanks for sharing the beauty, JM!

Sylvia

Lowell said...

Yeah, I saw that bit about hunting these on one of the blogs recently! Our physical evolution moves along but our mental and spiritual evolution is going backward!

Re your comment about a lovely bunch of balconies: You should know that I've been singing "What a lovely bunch of coconuts" ever since I read that! Thanks a lot! ;-)

RedPat said...

I don't even want to know these people who would do such a thing! Beautiful creature.

Halcyon said...

That's really too sad. He is beautiful with his long horns. He should be protected and not raised to be hunted. :(

Madge Bloom said...

He's beautiful... so sad so many creatures are meeting their demise at the hands of man... so glad their are some preserved in captivity...

NixBlog said...

The only animals I shoot are with a camera...
Deplorable to breed animals for killing for sport.
Lovely shot.

cieldequimper said...

Man will be man... It's beautiful (and camera shy!)

VP said...

What a beautiful creature, glad that some are safe in Lisbon. I hope that some more may escape those hunters forever...

Andrew said...

A wonderful beast to see JM.. I live close to Chester and the wonderful Zoo. Conservation is their purpose... please don't get me started about hunting... a sick sport.

Jarart said...

How could anyone kill a beautiful and graceful animal! This is a wonderful picture.

Kay said...

What a beautiful creature! I can't understand sport hunting, especially "trophy" hunting for exotics like this one. I think one must disconnect part of ones soul to hunt and kill.

Randy said...

Such a beautiful animal.

La Mode Operandi said...

Succession for dwindling species for purposes other than preservation is sick

Stickup Artist said...

I could say so much. I just hope there is some justice out there, somewhere, sometime, because I don't think this disgusting business will be abolished soon, as indeed it should be. I don't know how anyone could harm such a gorgeous creation. It's a foreign concept to me that some people don't feel a bond with all sentient creatures...

Joan Elizabeth said...

I think hunting animals to extinction in their wild habitat is an outrage ... not quite so appalled when they have been raised for that purpose ... after all, those of us who a not vegetarian eat lots and lots of animals that are killed one way or another.

JM said...

@Kay: And you know what? I bet those people call themselves christians and might even be very religious. I honestly think they need urgent psychologic help!

@Joan: Millions of animals are killed to feed humans. Isn't that enough??? Shooting endangered animals in captivity so you can have a head and a pair of horns hanging on your living room wall is totally sick and it really shows the nature of some of us! Killing for pleasure? It's the 21st century, it simply isn't a normal behaviour.

Dina said...

Anything for a buck, they say.

Apparently killing, whether of humans or beautiful animals, is a need for some, even in the 21st century. The more we see the nightly news on TV, at least here in the Mideast, the more normal the killing seems.
Such as us will never understand such things, sigh . . .

Crazy Tourists said...

It really is a pity that we keep driving animals to extinction...And it is also strange where some people find pleasure!

Jack said...

They are gorgeous animals. It is sad that they have become extinct in the wild, but it is a good thing that they can be seen in zoos like Lisbon's.

Kathy said...

Yes, I am appalled and I am a Texan! I have heard there are more tigers in Texas than anywhere else in the world. Many of them are on hunting ranches!

Hilda said...

Oh great, you've just made me cry - both in anger and sadness.