Dozens of extinct-in-the-wild animals are stepping into their new 550-hectare home in a major milestone for Monarto Safari Park.
Stage one of the park's $40 million safari and accommodation expansion has paved the way for 38 Scimitar-horned Oryx to be released in to the park.
Scimitar-horned Oryx are a striking antelope species from North Africa, characterised by their large, curved horns that resemble a scimitar sword.
Despite global conservation efforts, the IUCN estimates there are no more than 1,800 existing scimitar-horned oryx left, globally.
Down the track, the area will also house other free-ranging species like Giraffe, Waterbuck, Bongo, Nyala, Eland, Zebra, Hippos and Southern White Rhino.
Thanks to funding from Australian investor Gerry Ryan, the park is expanding with a luxury resort and new safari experiences to be available from as early as 2022.
Construction of the accommodation and resort is scheduled to begin by the middle of this year.
People wanting to visit Monarto Safari Park are strongly encouraged to book their tickets online in advance via the park’s website.
Photo of Monarto Safari Park Oryx, credit Zoos SA Tim Jenkins