This animal was declared extinct in the 1970’s until the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan ordered a rehabilitation effort which is now applauded globally.
There are now as many as 6,900 individuals in the UAE, the world’s largest population of this species. An estimated 400 inhabit a dedicated Arabian Oryx Protected Area at Um Al Zumoul, where the original group of 98 were released into the wild in 2007. Work continues to nurture and manage them.
We will soon be releasing a heard of Arabian Oryx in Qasr Al Sarab.
Main sources of threat: Overhunting, habitat loss due to construction and development
Current IUCN status: Vulnerable
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