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Reintroduction
The success achieved in establishing a self-reproducing and growing herd of Arabian oryx in Mahazat as-Sayd Protected Area encouraged both the National Wildlife Center and the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Center for Wildlife Research in Taif to implement the same program in the Aruq Bani Maared Protected Area in the Empty Quarter. This protected area covers an area of ​​about 12,000 square kilometers at the western edge of the Empty Quarter (one of the driest regions in the world). The region receives annual rainfall of less than 50 mm per annum, and its temperature exceeds 50 degrees in summer. It is also not possible to predict annual rainfall, as the coefficient of annual change exceeds 80%. Wild angulates became extinct from the area due to over hunting. The people of the region had acknowledged that the Arabian oryx and Sand gazelle were seen at the western edge of the Empty Quarter until the end of the 1960s. This is due to the presence of good vegetation cover in the valleys of that region. The people of the region have acknowledged that the Arabian Oryx and sand gazelle were seen at the western edge of the Empty Quarter until the end of the sixties of the last century. This is due to the presence of good vegetation cover in the valleys of that region.
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Oryx Transfer  
Since 1995 when Arabian oryx and Reem gazelles were released in the protected area, the number of groups transferred was 17 groups till the present day which adds up to 149 Oryx heads (70 males, and 79 females). Including 141 oryx from those captive bred herds of Prince Saudi al-Faisal Wildlife Research Center at al-Taief in addition to 8 animals that were translocated from the Mahazat al-said Protected Area to the Uruq Bani Maared Protected Area.
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