More than four decades ago, the Arabian oryx was extinct in the wild. Today, thanks to efforts spearheaded by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, experts are citing growth in its numbers as one of the world’s biggest conservation success stories. There are now an estimated 1 220 wild Arabian oryx across the Arabian Peninsula, and between 6 000 and 7 000 in zoos and private reserves. Experts at the IUCN told Arab News that the Arabian oryx could be upgraded [from ‘endangered’] to ‘near-threatened’ on the IUCN list. Regional breeding programmes and reintroduction initiatives in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the wider Gulf have been largely responsible for the return of the Arabian oryx to the wild. Watch the video below to learn more about the Arabian oryx. – Arab News