Photo Release: Scimitar-Horned Oryx Return to the Wild
August 16, 2016
Oryx are back in the wild! The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, the government of Chad and the Sahara Conservation Fund released the first scimitar-horned oryx back to their native grasslands Sunday, Aug. 14 in Chad where they had been extinct for more than 30 years.
Extinct-in-the-Wild Antelope Return to the Grasslands of Chad
August 11, 2016
Thirty years after the scimitar-horned oryx were driven to extinction, the desert antelope will return to the last-known place it existed: Chad’s Sahelian grasslands. The reintroduction—the culmination of decades of work—is being led by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), the government of Chad and their implementing partner, the Sahara Conservation Fund. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Zoological Society of London are leading post-release satelite-tracking efforts that will result in the collection of one of the most comprehensive datasets for any wildlife species returned to its native habitat.
Media Advisory: "ZooFiesta" at the National Zoo
August 11, 2016
Visitors can kick off the Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at “ZooFiesta: Un dia de diversion animal para toda la familia,” a free event Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music, authentic gourmet cuisine and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America.
Rare Zebra Species Arrives at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
July 26, 2016
For the first time in more than 15 years, zebras will graze the fields at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va. Three Hartmann’s mountain zebras—two females (Yvonne and Xolani) and one male (Raylan)—came out of quarantine last week at SCBI.