Pat Condy has devoted his life to saving animals and he showed us around the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center outside of Dallas which he runs. It's a world leader in breeding rare and endangered animals.
And it's also a place where tourists can get closer to these beautiful creatures than they ever could in the wild.
Logan: Do you think that Texas ranches are saving animals from extinction?
Condy: There's no question about it, that they are.
Logan: What gives you the confidence to say what you're saying?
Condy: What gives me the confidence is when you look at the numbers, the animal numbers, okay, and you see that they're not declining, that they're either stable or growing.
Logan: The numbers, you can't argue with that?
Condy: When you're talking about conservation, it's the numbers that are the bottom line.
But for Priscilla Feral, the bottom line is that these animals should not be hunted. She's helped create a reserve in Senegal for 175 orxy and in court, she's winning the legal battle she's been fighting for years to stop them from being hunted in the U.S.
In the coming weeks, a new rule issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take effect, making it a crime to hunt the scimitar horned oryx - and two other endangered antelope - without a federal permit that will be difficult, if not impossible, to obtain.
Seale: Just since the announcement of that rule the value of those animals has probably dropped in half. You've got to understand, I'm a rancher to make a profit, just like any business.
Logan: How does this rule change affect that?
Seale: I will say that in five years you'll see half the numbers that you see today. And I would venture to guess in 10 years they'll be virtually none of 'em left.
Feral: The future for oryxes is Africa. It's not Texas.
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