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Scimitar-horned Oryx Reintroduction Enters New Phase

A further 23 Scimitar-horned Oryx were released into a remote part of Chad this week, as part of a long-term international conservation project to reinstate this most persecuted of antelope back into one of their historic strongholds.  The species is believed to have become extinct in the wild during the early 1990s – the precise year is widely disputed – but are now showing signs of a revival following a release of an initial 23 animals last August into the same region.  This was made possible after a group of 40-50 Oryx were taken from the wild into captivity in the 1960s after decades of hunting decimated their population across Northern Africa.

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Mystery Virus Halves Global Saiga Population

It’s estimated that almost 120,000 of the iconic antelope – endemic to Central Asia – have died in less than a month in Kazakhstan. Within days of the outbreak, 27,000 deaths were reported, prompting the Kazakh government to request investigative assistance from the UN Convention on Migratory Species. A team of scientists and vets have now presented their initial findings to government officials.
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