Réserve faunique d’Al Wusta

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Home to the Arabian Oryx

Since the global extinction of the species in the wild in 1972, the Arabian Oryx has been reintroduced within a specially designated area in Oman’s Al Wusta region. The Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve is currently the only wild breeding site for the species in Arabia.

In the middle of a spectacular desert escarpment, this reserve is home to a small herd of reintroduced oryx. It offers a rare chance to see this magnificent desert antelope up close as there is a large herd of over 600 animals in the reserve’s breeding centre. The reserve, access to which is by 4WD with prior permit only, is 50km off the Haima–Duqm road (Hwy 37) on a poorly graded track marked ‘Habab’, 110km from Haima. After 23km along the track, veer right.