Applied Conservation Genetics Projects
The Arabian oryx was declared extinct in the wild in 1972 and has since been the subject of various reintroduction programmes.
Staff at the Wildgenes Laboratory are working in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency on a large-scale reintroduction project in the south-west of the United Arab Emirates.
The conservation genetic research aims to ensure that founders include the maximum level of genetic diversity available within the captive stock. The methods developed will also be used to support ongoing population monitoring.
Arabian Oryx photo by MathKnight
The scimitar-horned oryx (SHO) is subject to extensive population management within the European (EEP) and North American (SSP) breeding programmes.
Large numbers of SHO in the UAE are also now being assessed for use in reintroduction programmes.
RZSS is coordinating a number of international conservation
genetic projects for SHOs, in collaboration with the International
Studbook keeper at Marwell Wildlife, in order to provide a solid
scientific basis for future breeding and release programmes.
|Marwell Wildlife||Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (AWPR), UAE|
As part of a reintroduction of scimitar-horned oryx to Chad, lead by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, WildGenes laboratory are conducting a genetic screening programme of the global stock of Scimitar-horned oryx. The aim of this project is to use genetic information to select the best combination of animals for reintroduction and to develop genetic tools for future monitoring of the release and for the management of the remaining captive stock.