Skip to main content

Chad Oryx Reintroduction Project: they are in great shape!

 

In August 2017 was the third release lead in Chad with the valued support of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, and the Government of Chad. 

 

As a reminder, the objective of this reintroduction project is to build up a viable population of at least 500 animals, and hopefully confirm over the years the return of the scimitar-horned oryx back into the wild.

 

This summer, the number of animals reached 90, including 18 calves born in Chad. 

 

Developing a regional action plan for Addax and Dama gazelle

 

Addax and dama gazelle were formerly distributed widely across the Sahara and Sahel. A catastrophic decline has taken place, especially during the last 40 years, that has brought both species close to extinction in the wild.  Wild populations of addax and dama gazelle are now limited to a tiny number of small fragments of their historical range in Niger and Chad.

 

SCF Oryx Project receives strong presidential support

As SCF’s logo, the oryx represents the threats that face desert wildlife but also the hope that one day this magnificent animal will once again roam free on African soil. This once abundant species of antelope occupied the vast, dry, sub-Saharan grasslands but fell prey over time to a lethal combination of overhunting, drought and habitat loss.Thankfully, significant numbers of oryx exist in collections across the world and efforts to restore the species to the wild are underway in Tunisia, Senegal and Morocco.

Please help us feed a hungry friend

ou will no doubt have heard the Sahel region of Africa has yet again been hit with erratic and inadequate rainfall. This has led to failed harvests and poorly developed grazing. An estimated 13 million people are affected with over 6 million of these in Niger alone. Here, food shortages are estimated to be in the order of 800,000 metric tonnes. As food runs out prices soar beyond the reach of the chronically poor.

Subscribe to Stories