The chances for the newly placed animals look good, as the first reintroduction appears to have been a success.
"So far, the animals look exceptionally healthy," Jared Stabach, of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), told New Scientist. "They seem to be adapting to the environment really well."
Ultimately, the idea is to establish within five years a population of about 500 scimitar-horned oryx that can hold their own in nature, according to the SCBI.
The initial groups are being watched by rangers, and wildlife specialists will also be working with local communities to help ward off the chance the animals will be hunted again. Things seem good on that score, so far, as well. "There's a lot of excitement in the local community about this animal being returned. They want to protect it," Stabach told New Scientist.
Meanwhile, with their chief predators - cheetahs and lions - having gone extinct the area, as the publication noted, the oryx will have yet more of a fighting chance to repopulate.
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