Conservation: A kingdom for the Oryx

Four soft-eyed, cream-colored antelopes with enormous knobby horns frisked in the Phoenix Maytag Zoo last week under constant, anxious watch by their keeper. They are Arabian oryxes, some of the world's rarest animals, and if they thrive in the desert climate of Arizona, they may live to be the only oryxes left on earth.

Oryxes are in trouble in Araby be cause of the local conviction that the horns of an oryx give sexual vigor when ground into powder and eaten. Today oil-rich Arabs are so eager for vigor that they chase down oryxes in high-powered cars or even in...

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