Emirates Post issues Arabian Oryx stamps to highlight conservation efforts

The stamps come in three denominations Fils150; Dhs1 and Dhs3 and there is a souvenir sheet for collectors costing Dhs15.

Ibrahim bin Karam, CCO of Emirates Post Group said: “These stamps reflect our belief that the Arabian Oryx is a species that needs to be preserved along with a number of birds that are unique to this part of the world.

“We hope to take this message to the whole world through these stamps.”

The Arabian Oryx, one of the largest desert mammals in the Arab region, has been an important part of the UAE’s heritage.

Also known as wild cows, the Oryx are large antelopes that weigh between 80 to 100 kg and stand nearly 1.5 metres tall at the shoulder.

Pure white fur covers the Oryx’s body, with black or brown stripes on the legs and face. Although the Oryx is famous for its stamina, it cannot run very fast, making it an easy prey for hunters.

Historically, the Arabian Oryx was found in two major subgroups that roamed freely in the northern region of the Arabian Peninsula and the Empty Quarter. In the UAE, the Oryx is found in Western Region areas of Al Dhafra and Liwa.

Conservation of the species started in 1968 when Sheikh Zayed launched a captive breeding programme at Al Ain Zoo, ordering the capture of four animals in the wild.

After the development of Sir Bani Yas Island, Sheikh Zayed started another captive breeding programme with three female and two male Oryx, and today the Island has a thriving population of Arabian Oryx.

Thanks to the huge success of Sheikh Zayed’s conservation and captive breeding efforts, the UAE is home to the largest population of Arabian Oryx in the world with more than 4500 heads of Arabian Oryx, of which 3500 to 3700 live in natural reserves and private farms of Abu Dhabi in Sir Bani Yas, Al Ain Zoo, Al Wathba and Al Jarf.

The Arabian Oryx Release Programme started in 2007 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who followed the footsteps of his father.

The programme extended to Wadi Rum in South Jordan after eight decades of Oryx extinction, under a three-year $ 1.1 million agreement with the for the reintroduction of 60 Arabian Oryx in the area.

The stamps are on sale in all Emirates Post outlets.

Emirates Post issues Arabian Oryx stamps to highlight conservation efforts

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