Brought back from the brink of extinction – Arabian Oryx on Sir Bani Yas!
These beautiful animals became extinct in the wild in the UAE during the early 1970’s; recognising the need to preserve animals that were at risk from extinction, President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan arranged for the Arabian Oryx to be put on Sir Bani Yas as part of his conservation programme.
Three female Oryx and two male Oryx were brought from the Al Ain Zoo to begin a breeding herd, which became so successful that visitors can see their 500 descendants roaming around the Arabian Wildlife Park - over half the world’s remaining population!
It was found that, having breeding herds in several different locations has helped secure a viable number of breeding animals in several zoos and wildlife collections throughout the UAE. While the government’s long term conservation plan is to release them all back into the wild, between 2007 and 2012 the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD) and Al Ain Zoo released several Arabian Oryx successfully in various areas across the Emirate.