This page provides links to a selection of websites with pages dedicated to the Arabina oryx, many of them about conservation of this endangered desert ungulate species.

NCWCD Our parent organization. The restoration of the Arabian oryx in Saudi Arabia is a core programme of the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD).
Arabian Oryx Committee Establishing a coordinating committee named “The Arabian Oryx Conservation Committee” is one of the main objectives sought by parties that work for the conservation of the Arabian Oryx. The most important task for this committee will be to coordinate and facilitate all conservation efforts that intend to conserve the Arabian Oryx as free roaming herds within their natural habitats in the Arabian Peninsula and the other neighboring countries.
IUCN red list The IUCN-The World Conservation Union, through its Species Survival Commission (SSC) has for almost four decades been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties and even selected sub-populations on a global scale in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and therefore promote their conservation. The Arabian oryx was classified in 2000 as endangered.
CBSG The CBSG (Conservation Breeding Specialist Group) is part of IUCN - The World Conservation Union. CBSG has over 10 years of experience in developing, testing and applying scientifically based tools for risk assessment and decision making in the context of in situ and ex situ species management. These tools are used in CBSG's workshop process to produce realistic management recommendations. In February 2001, one such workshop on Arabian Leopard, Tahr, and Arabian Oryx was conducted in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The executive summary can be downloaded free of charge from their website.
CITES The CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between Governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The Arabian oryx is currently on the Appendix I of the CITES.
Arabian oryx in oman The Arabian Oryx Project was established in 1979 by the order of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Its aim was to re-establish a wild population of the Arabian oryx, which had become extinct in the wild throughout its range in Arabia. This website tells the story of the return of the oryx and the establishment of a wild population in the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary.
ultimate ungulate Ultimate Ungulate provides a guide to the World's Hoofed Mammal Species. Provides useful information on the Arabian oryx.
arabian wildlife Arabian Wildlife, that was primarily a magazine edited by the NCWCD, has become a website packed with interesting features, on a wide range of topics. Back issues of the printed version are available online, including one article on the Arabian oryx by former KKWRC staff Jacques Flamand.
world heritage site The Jiddat al Harasis in Oman was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994. With its adjoining areas, it is now the most important sanctuary for free ranging wildlife in Arabia; including the "only (?) surviving free-ranging and viable Arabian Oryx population in the world".
j.b. williams personal page Dr J. B. Williams is an associate professor at the Ohio State University, USA. Because studies on animals living in harsh environments often provide insights into the constraints and mechanisms driving physiological adjustment, his work concentrates in regions of climatic extremes, especially the deserts of North America, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. He's been working on the ecophysiology of the Arabian oryx in collaboration with the NWRC since 1996.
rscn The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature seeks to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitats and integrate conservation with economic development, while promoting wider public support for the protection of the natural environment. It is responsible for the captive breeding and reintroduction programmes for the Arabian oryx in Jordan.
zoological society of san diego The Zoological Society of San Diego is a conservation, education and recreation organization dedicated to the reproduction, protection and exhibition of animals, plants and habitats. The foundation for these activities is provided by the Society's extensive animal collections and plant collections at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park which include endangered species from around the world. It was involved in the successful story of the Arabian oryx captive breeding in the USA.
zoological society of london The prestigious Zoological Society of London (ZSL), founded in 1826, has for mission to achieve and promote the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. The ZSL has now been working in Saudi Arabia for over 12 years as manager of the KKWRC under contract to the NCWCD. Since 1995, ZSL staff has been involved in the monitoring of reintroduced gazelles and oryx, in the Empty Quarter.
phoenix zoo The Phoenix Zoo can be credited with saving the Arabian Oryx from extinction. In 1962 they started the first captive breeding in any zoo. Starting with only 9 animals, the Phoenix Zoo has had over 200 successful births. Oryx were sent to other zoos to start their herds. By 1990, the number of Arabian oryx had increased to over 1300 including 112 captive bred ones which were reintroduced back to the wild in preserves in their native lands. [read more...]. You can also read the story: "the comeback of the oryx".
fossil rim wildlife center They protect and preserve endangered species through research, cooperative management, and increasing public awareness. You can see these remarkable creatures running wild in Texas. You'll find the Arabian oryx herd in the 350 acre game preserve.
world conservation monitoring center The UNEP (United Nations Environment) World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world. It provides definitive information on globally threatened animals and plants, including the Arabian oryx.
animal info This website provides information on rare, threatened and endangered mammals, including the Arabian oryx.
los angeles zoo The Los Angeles Zoo's involvement in species conservation started in 1967 with a captive breeding program for the endangered Arabian oryx. That year the Zoo acquired three of them and over the ensuing years the Los Angeles Zoo cooperated with the Phoenix Zoo, the only other American zoo to house oryx, and successfully bred them.
fauna & flora international Fauna & Flora International acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems world-wide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, are based on sound science and take account of human needs. In 1962, they organised Operation Oryx to rescue the Arabian oryx from extinction.
erwda The mission of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development agency is to assist the Abu Dhabi Government in the conservation and management of the Emirate's natural environment, resources, wildlife and biological diversity. ERWDA's Protected Areas Department is assisting the Arabian Oryx Conservation Committee by acting as its secretariat.
breeding center for endangered arabian wildlife The Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, became fully operational in May 1998. This conservation centre is managed by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, under the Ruler's Office of the Emirate of Sharjah. Its collection currently includes 24 Arabian oryx.
living desert The Living Desert was established in 1970 as a non-profit education and conservation center, dedicated to preserving the plant and animal life of the desert. Today, The Living Desert is one of the most successful zoological parks in the USA. A herd of Arabian oryx can be observed there.
fao The project "Range Rehabilitation and Establishment of a Wildlife Reserve in the Syrian Steppe," was initiated in February 1996 through an agreement between Syria, Italy and FAO. A herd of Arabian oryx from Saudi Arabia has already been introduced into the Syrian wildlife reserve.
animal biodiversity in jordan The biodiversity of Jordan is very interesting with 3 different faunal elements meeting, namely the Ethiopian, Oriental and Palearctic. This page contains database for several animal groups and details are given for the reptiles and mammals, including the Arabian oryx.
animal diversity, university of michigan This page provides an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan, with thousands of species accounts about individual animal species, including the Arabian oryx, written by the students.
sedgwick county zoo The 247-acre Sedgwick County Zoo opened in 1971 and has been ranked among the best zoos in the world. Home to more than 2,500 animals of nearly 500 different species, including the Arabian oryx.
uae interact This is the official website for the Ministry of information and Culture in the UAE. The Arabian oryx once roamed the entire Arabian Peninsula and as mentioned earlier, it became extinct as a wild species in the early 1960's. However, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan had a few captive animals that bred well, and today there are several herds at various locations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Lichtenburg Game Breeding Centre The Lichtenburg Game Breeding Centre is a project of the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. The main aim of the Centre is to augment the National Zoo’s breeding programs of endangered species and to supplement the Zoo’s own animal populations. The vast grassland supports large herds of springbok, blesbok, red hartebeest, eland, impala and gemsbok, while endangered scimitar-horned oryx, cape mountain zebra, addax and Arabian oryx are housed in separate breeding enclosures.
AZA Antelope Taxon Advisory Group The American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s (AZA) Antelope Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) was formed in 1992 to attempt to meet the challenges of organizing and promoting antelope populations in North American zoos and member organizations. The primary intent of the Antelope TAG is to provide guidance and recommendations to its institutions regarding the captive maintenance of antelope in North America, and their short and long term contributions to global antelope conservation. To date, 95 species or subspecies have been reviewed, including the Arabian oryx.
emirates natural history group The Emirates Natural History Group has posted online the contents of its Bulletins for the period 1972-1990. Among very interesting papers on the Emirates' natural history, three directly concern the Arabian oryx:
saudi biological society