31/01/1982 Arabian oryx is reintroduced to the wild
Mark Rose & Sir David Attenborough: Operation Oryx
Creature Feature — Arabian Oryx
The Arabian oryx is a medium-sized antelope with a distinct shoulder bump, long, straight horns, and a tufted tail. It was extinct in the wild as of 1972. Initial reintroduction was primarily from two herds: the Phoenix Zoo herd and herd of Saudi National Wildlife Research Center. Current populations of the species are estimated at over 1,000 individuals in the wild, and 6,000–7,000 individuals in captivity.