Reintroducing the oryx

The Scimitar-horned oryx is extinct in the wild where its presence once extended across the Sahelo-Saharan belt. The innovative project led by the Sahara Conservation Fund aimed to identify the ideal location in Chad to successfully reintroduce the oryx, under the best possible conditions. Local stakeholders were to be involved in order to ensure the long-term preservation of the desert's ecosystem - essential to a successful reintroduction. The oryxes to be reintroduced would come from the bloodlines of those found in captivity in countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Senegal and Morocco.


In-depth surveys were carried out to identify the best method and location to reintroduce the oryx. The final choice was the Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim game reserve in the centre of Chad, as it offered the most favourable conditions for a large-scale reintroduction of the antelope. Government officials were made aware of the importance of rehabilitating and developing the reserves’ resources, new guards were employed and detailed studies were carried out on the living conditions in the reserve. These activities were meant to ensure a win-win situation between local communities, the Scimitar-horned oryx and other flora and fauna of the desert. The first reintroductions to the wild are planned for the end of 2015.


The NGO:
Founded in 2004, the Sahara Conservation Fund’s mission is the preservation of the Sahara’s flora and fauna to the benefit of all of its inhabitants and with the support of all stakeholders. In recent years, it has become a benchmark for the conservation of Sahara.

oryx in Chad

September 2011 – September 2014


With whom
The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF)



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