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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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RED WOLF REINTRODUCTION IN PERIL

A worrying development for the world’s last remaining wild population of Red Wolves.  Let’s hope common sense will prevail and that 28 years of conservation work won’t be undone by short-sighted, misguided and frankly selfish hunters and landowners, who seem incapable of living alongside nature without acting on the urge to exterminate it.  It would appear these creatures are going to be removed from the wild for instinctively hunting natural prey that ends up being unnaturally killed by the hunting fraternity.  A ridiculous situation.

See below for a video summary from National Geographic.

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