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Monday March 25, 2013

Mexico’s Pronghorn Antelope Comes Back from Near Extinction

Mexico’s Pronghorn Antelope Comes Back from Near Extinction

Photo: Mexico's Pronghorn Antelope

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The pronghorn, a native species that has been listed as being in danger of extinction since 1997, is making a comeback in Mexico, thanks to the efforts of several organizations.

More than 250 adults and 40 young pronghorns are currently being cared for at the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve.

The peninsular pronghorn (antilocapra americana), which also lives in desert areas of the United States and in Canada, inhabits the El Vizcaino reserve, which protects mountains, desert and sea.

Only 170 of the animals were counted in 1997, prompting environmentalists to sound the alarm.

The Environment Secretariat and environmental groups have worked since then to bring about the animals’ recovery via the “Save the Pronghorns” campaign.

Several females that recently gave birth are at the La Choya station, which sprawls over more than 23,000 hectares (56,790 acres).

The pronghorns are about one meter (three feet) tall and weigh around 50 kilos (110 pounds).