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Arabian Oryx Conservation in Saudi Arabia

This website intends to detail the Arabian oryx project in Saudi Arabia, to describe major conservation achievements and on-going reintroduction projects, and to provide a database concerning the ecology of this endangered desert ungulate species.
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National Wildlife Research Center, P.O. Box 1086
Taif ,
Saudi Arabia
Contact Person: Catherine Tsagarakis
Phone: 966.2.745.51.88
Fax: 966.2.745.51.76
E-Mail: tsaga@nwrc-sa.org
Website: http://www.arabianoryx.com

Detailed Information:
The Arabian oryx Oryx leucoryx, a charismatic white antelope, once roamed throughout most of the desert plains of the Arabian Peninsula. Unfortunately he was hunted to extinction in the 1970s. Humans had exterminated from the wild a beautiful and distinctive antelope, which had evolved to exploit one of the world's harshest environments.

In Saudi Arabia, the restoration of the Arabian oryx is a core programme of the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD). Concurrent projects for the protection of large areas within the former range of the Arabian oryx, and the captive breeding of oryx at the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) in Taif have together enabled the restoration of the species in the Kingdom: a first reintroduction took place in the fenced Mahazat as-Sayd protected area in 1990 and in 1995 the second free-ranging population of oryx in the world was established in the unfenced 'Uruq Bani Ma'arid in the 'Empty Quarter'.

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