One of Marwell Wildlife’s most majestic animals, the Arabian Oryx, has been ‘brought back from the brink of extinction’ thanks to the work of dedicated conservationists. Successful captive breeding programs and re-introduction efforts mean the species has finally qualified for a move from the Endangered category to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Marwell Wildlife, based in Hampshire, is home to the only breeding group of Arabian Oryx in the UK. Just last month, the park celebrated the birth of a female Arabian Oryx called Akilah.
“Our animals here, which are the only breeding group in the UK, are an important insurance policy for the future of the Arabian Oryx. “This Summer, Marwell will take on a further two females, forming the only group of Arabian Oryx in the whole of the UK.” The Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx), is a species of antelope found only on the Arabian Peninsula. They are impressive creatures that are brilliantly adapted to life in the desert and can go without water for weeks on end. The species was hunted for many years causing it to become extinct. For more information about the Red List news release see the IUCN website at www.iucn.org And for more details about the conservation work of Marwell visit www.marwell.org.uk