The Government of Chad
Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF)
The Government of Chad, represented by the Ministry of Environment and Fisheries, EAD’s key strategic partner in this initiative, is managing the reserve and the release area, as well as enforcing the application of the relevant wildlife conservation laws. EAD, the Sahara Conservation Fund and the government of Chad are working together in an educational and outreach initiative in Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)
The SCF contributed to a global strategy for the restoration of the Scimitar-horned Oryx in the wild in addition they are working on behalf of EAD, and in cooperation with the Government of Chad, to provide the necessary workforce, the technical and scientific expertise on the ground in Chad.
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)
Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) are working as part of the programme to monitor the herd remotely after the reintroduction. SCBI scientists travelled to Chad to fit the Oryx with collars after they’ve been tested. This data is used to track and help protect individuals and gather behavioural data on the species, which in turn can aid further species reintroduction efforts.
Along with the SCBI, the RZAA conducted genetic studies and computer modelling to determine the number of individuals and the genetic diversity of the population required to give the best chance to not only survive but proliferate in the wild.
Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
The Zoological Society of London has contributed to the environmental studies and assessments of the release habitat. Post-release monitoring is done along with other partners to assess the project progress, success and constraints.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Centre
Marwell Wildlife, UK
Fossil Rim Wildlife Centre assisted in the creation and shipment of the species and supplies from the U.S, in addition to the tests of the monitoring equipment which played an important role for the SHO reintroduction
Marwell Wildlife’s Conservation Biologists contributed to the planning of the project, including the careful selection of Oryx from zoos across Europe to create a robust and genetically diverse founder population. The Oryx were gathered and managed at Marwell Zoo for nearly a year, and after stringent veterinary health checks, they were flown to Abu Dhabi.
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