Arabian Ostrich by KenG ()
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Here's another image from my updated Ostrich set.
The Arabian Ostrich went extinct in 1966. Primary reason for this was the introduction of hunting from motor vehicles to the Arabian Peninsula. These ostriches had existed in the area from prehistoric times, slowly receding from the hottest desert areas as the Arabian peninsula dried.
In historic times, the bird seems to have occurred in two discrete relict populations: a smaller one in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula and a larger one in the area where today the borders of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Syria meet. Towards the Sinai Peninsula, it probably inter-graded with the North African subspecies camelus in earlier times.
By the early 20th century, the Arabian Ostrich had become rare. Its main stronghold was the northern Nefud, northwards to the Syrian Desert between latitudes 34°N and 25°N and longitude 38°E, eastwards to the Euphrates Valley. It was most plentiful in Al Jawf Province, where it associated with herds of the now extinct Saudi Gazelle and the very rare Arabian Oryx.
This ostrich model is by used by the National Wildlife Research Center of Saudi Arabia to teach visitors about this extinct species.
Rendered in Iray without post work. Model includes ShaaraMuse's Oasis and Parched Lands, plus my Songbird ReMix Ostriches and Arabian Golden Sparrows (from Sparrows of the World).
Image Comments (5)
I didn't know about this Ostrich. Interesting background. Well, people can be dumb. I guess, back then with nothing much to do, hunting was the in thing and the more exotic the game, the more ego boost and bragging right they had so they did not think about killing off a whole species.... and these were the 'educated' well traveled people....