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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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The Ambivalence Of Zoos

I’ve been meaning to get my views on zoos condensed into a blog post for a while now, but each time I approached the subject in my mind, it got complicated, lacked clarity and seemed destined to result in an incoherent ramble.  Then I read Chris Packham’s engaging column in this month’s copy of BBC Wildlife Magazine and it gave me the nudge I needed to try and clearly assemble my stance on what is often a morally murky issue.  It’s not often that I agree completely with someone’s opinion piece, however, this was one exception.

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