Addax are shy, cautious animals that reside in some of the harshest habitats on the planet. A desert specialist, addax once ranged broadly across the Sahara from Morocco in the west to Egypt and the Nile Valley in the east. Today, addax are one of the rarest antelopes on the planet, with less than 100 individuals remaining in the wild, persecuted for their hides and meat.
With foresight from the Moroccan government and support from the Sahara Conversation Fund, Wild Africa Conservation, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, we have initiated an exciting reintroduction project in Morocco. In late 2019, we reintroduced 20 addax to a remote area of the Sahara desert. To facilitate long-term monitoring, 10 animals were fitted with GPS collars. We will continue to monitor each animal with our Moroccan partners over the next few years, providing information on the movements of each animal and a measure of reintroduction success. Looking forward to continued efforts with this team to restore this species to the wild.