Monitoring Once-Extinct Oryx
group of scimitar-horned oryx standing on dirt

Monitoring Once-Extinct Oryx

Since 1985 the scimitar-horned oryx has been extinct in the wild. In 2016, 23 oryx grazed on their native soil in the African country of Chad for the first time in 30 years because of Smithsonian science. Since the reintroduction, the oryx have had many successes—babies are even being born! But, our work is far from finished. To ensure that oryx thrive in the wild, scientists will need to closely monitor their habitat conditions and social dynamics. With monetary support from Conservation Nation, scientists purchased and installed GPS cameras on the previously placed oryx tracking collars to monitor the herd without human intrusion.