Extinct in the wild of its native range (Subsahara Africa), the Bamberger Ranch has been assisting the American Zoological and Aquarium Association (AZA) with the conservation and propagation of important genetic material of the Scimitar Horned Oryx since the late 1970’s. (See the Scimitar oryx Wikipedia page for more information.) In 2005, 3 animals from our herd were shipped out to be a part of a new captive breeding program initiative in North Africa in The Republic of Tunisia. The AZA has targeted The Republics of Gambia and Senegal as potential reintroduction sites due to their receptiveness, political stability, and suitable habitat.
While no longer an active participant with the AZA, we continue to cooperate and share information. On-site, herd size is maintained at 40-60 animals on 643 acres that were purposely set aside for the Scimitar Horned Oryx. The Oryx can be seen at the ranch on the public ranch tour or you can book a private tour.
From CNN “Earth Matters” February 5, 1995 ‘Natural Born Salesman,’ reporter David Mattingly.