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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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Serengeti Camera Trap Image Database Launched

 

Over 320,000 photos from the National Park in Tanzania are now available to view online, providing a vivid insight into its ecology.  The treasure-trove of photography was captured by 225 remote cameras located around the park between 2010 and 2013, as part of the University of Minnesota Lion Project, which began 45 years ago.  The scope of the study has now been broadened to investigate the ecosystem as a whole and particularly, how the larger species of wildlife interact with each other and the lion prides in the region.

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