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Success Story

Success Story
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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa A100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): African Rare Antelope 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-08 16:38
Viewed: 3308
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Arabian Oryx were hunted to extinction in the wild by 1972. Attempted reintroduction began in Oman as early 1982, but numbers there have declined, from 450 in 1996 to 106 by early 2003 (with an effective breeding size considered much smaller) due to illegal live capture and the increasing size of herds in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia saw an increase from 400 in 1997 to approximately 700 by early 2003, along with a small increase in the population in Israel[1]. In 2007 the United Arab Emirates released 100 Arabian Oryx into the Abu Dhabi desert, part of a five year plan to reintroduce 500 by 2012.

The Phoenix Zoo is credited with saving the Arabian Oryx from extinction. In 1962 they started the first captive-breeding herd in any zoo. Starting with only 9 animals, the Phoenix Zoo has had over 200 successful births. Oryx were sent to other zoos to start their herds. By 1990, the number of Arabian Oryx had increased to over 1300 including 112 captive bred ones which were reintroduced back to the wild in preserves in their native lands.

"Photographed at the Phoenix Zoo"

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Good composition and capture. Color and p[ose are fine. Not all that fond of the border but I generally don't like borders on images anyway. :) Informative note

I've seen this species at the Phoenix Zoo but never photographed it. :) Perhaps I should.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-08 19:00]

Hello Everton,
Amazing success story, set of horns and image of this beautiful creature. Thanks for sharing and great note.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-09 1:59]

Hi Everton.
I like your simply perfect shot of this beautiful animal. Especially I am impressed with reproduction of texture and colour of the hair. Exposure of the image is pot on as well as the nice vertical cropping/framing. My best regards and TFS. Excellently done.

Hello Everton,

Good composition. Good focus and nice natural colours. Interesting note also.

Hi Everton
great portraite of Arabian Oryx. This is already beautiful animal. In 2006 summer, I visited its reintroduced area in Jordan. Unfortunately I didnt see any Oryx there.
Great focus, timing, POV and composition. Lighting and notes also very well.
Best wishes my friend

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-10 4:28]

Hello Everton
What a fantastic shot with such a marvellous composition! A curious creature this Arabian Oryx with those long thin horns. Splendid POV and DOF with excellent sharpness on the object. I like it so much!
Thank you very much for sharing
My best regards


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