Close encounters with bigger animals are always exciting. Even more so if they happen surprisingly like when suddenly this Oryx was standing in front of me in the desert (United Arab Emirates).
Afterwards I learned that the Arabian Oryx is one of four species (the others are native to Africa) and only was saved from extinction through a captive breeding program. In 2011, the IUCN upgraded its status: The Arabian Oryx was the first species to have come back from “extinct in the wild” to “vulnerable” status. Great! Otherwise I might not have had the pleasure to meet an Oryx in person and maybe only the name of UAEs capital Abu Dhabi would have reminded of this great animal. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Abu_Dhabi