Tom Kellie

Oman's Arabian Oryx Thrive and Their Genome is Being Sequenced

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http://timesofoman.com/article/110924/Oman/Education/Omani-in-pathbreaking-genetic-study-of-iconic-Arabian-Oryx

 

http://timesofoman.com/article/109894/Oman/Environment/Saved-from-extinction-Arabian-Oryx-population-in-Oman-growing

 

~ This pair of 2017 news articles published in the Times of Oman describe the progress made in preserving and managing the remaining Arabian Oryx living in the Sultanate of Oman along the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

 

There are about 600 Arabian Oryx living in a sanctuary on Oman's plains. An Omani doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney is making a full investigation of the Arabian Oryx genome.

 

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I am very surprised by this couple of article.

The sanctuary was removed from the World heritage list in 2017 after that Oman decided to reduce the size of the protected area by 90% for oil prospections. By that time the number of oryx reduced from 450 to 60 animals, with only 4 mating pairs due to intense poaching.

 

How is there here 600 animals???

 

The last IUCN assessment was made in 2011, and says:

- Oman (approximately 50)

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~ @jeremie

 

How accurate was the 2011 assessment? Could it have been flawed and undercounted animals?

 

From 2011 to 2017 might it be possible that in addition to natural increase Oman acquired other animals and relocated them?

 

What is the source of the suggestion that in 2017 the oryx had reduced from 450 to 60 with only 4 mating pairs?

 

Are there certain specific types of persuasive evidence which might suggest that the information in the articles wasn't accurate?

 

Tom K.

 

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11 minutes ago, Tom Kellie said:

~ @jeremie

 

How accurate was the 2011 assessment? Could it have been flawed and undercounted animals?

 

From 2011 to 2017 might it be possible that in addition to natural increase Oman acquired other animals and relocated them?

 

What is the source of the suggestion that in 2017 the oryx had reduced from 450 to 60 with only 4 mating pairs?

 

Are there certain specific types of persuasive evidence which might suggest that the information in the articles wasn't accurate?

 

Tom K.

 

 

I am sorry, I made a mistake, I meant 2007 instead of 2017. The source is IUCN and UNESCO website.

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13 minutes ago, jeremie said:

I am sorry, I made a mistake, I meant 2007 instead of 2017. The source is IUCN and UNESCO website.

 

~ @jeremie

 

Ah, now I understand.

 

That helps a lot!

 

Thank you.

 

Your knowledge, experience and erudition teaches me so much, as does that of @inyathi.

 

Posts from both of you provide nuance and depth to my sketchy awareness of many subjects.

 

Tom K.

 

 

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