The Arabian oryx is another great example. These creatures were hunted to extinction (in the wild) in 1972. However, a captive breeding program started by the Phoenix Zoo in 1962 ultimately saved the species. From just 9 animals, they were able to breed over 200 oryxes. They distributed the animals to other zoos around the world, and in 1982 they released the first oryxes back into the wild. The current population is around 1,100 animals which live in Oman, Saudi Arabia and Israel. While illegal poaching has caused the herd in Oman to shrink to 50 male specimens, they are still thriving in Saudi Arabia and Israel.
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