Scimitar-Horned Oryx reintroduction programme - Dublin Zoo, Ireland.

Scimitar-Horned Oryx reintroduction programme

The scimitar-horned oryx was once widespread across northern Africa but due to overhunting, habitat loss and competition with domestic livestock, they have gradually disappeared from the wild. The species have now been classified as extinct in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as there has been no definitive evidence of their presence in the wild for more than 15 years.

Since 2013, Dublin Zoo has financially supported the reintroduction programme for the scimitar-horned oryx in Tunisia. Through conservation breeding programmes, zoo-bred oryx have been reintroduced into semi-wild areas in four national parks across Tunisia. Currently there are over 200 oryx in such semi-wild areas.

 

International Conservation

Dublin Zoo works with zoos and organisations worldwide on conservation projects. This includes the EAZA Ape Campaign.

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