When this book was first published in 1989, attempts to reintroduce plants or animals into their native habitat were still relatively rare, and those that were adequately planned, designed, funded and monitored over the course of years are even scarcer. The oryx story is an exception to this, and has the added interest that it represents the first attempt to re-establish a wild population of a species when there were no others left outside captivity. This meant that zoo-bred animals had to be prepared for release into the oryx's extreme and demanding habitat in the deserts of central Oman. This book will be accessible to the informed conservationist, amateur or professional.
Foreword Sir Peter Scott; Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Re-introductions defined and reviewed; 2. The genus Oryx, and the Arabian oryx: biology, history and extermination from the wild; 3. Operation Oryx, captive-breeding and reintroduction planning; 4. The reintroduction area and the Harasis tribe; 5. Oryx management; 6. Oryx herds in their natural environment; 7. Individual oryx in their natural environment; 8. The Harasis and the reintroduction project; 9. An analysis of project progress, and the future; 10. Towards a rationale for re-introductions; Appendices 1-5; References; Index.