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The Conservationist’s Journal Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation, published quarterly by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Fauna & Flora International, is a leading scientific journal of biodiversity conservation, conservation policy and sustainable use, with a particular interest in material that has the potential to improve conservation management and practice.
The website www.oryxthejournal.org plays a vital role in the journal’s capacity-building work.
Amongst the site’s many attributes is a compendium of sources of free software for researchers and details of how to access Oryx at reduced rates or for free in developing countries.
The website also includes extracts from Oryx issues published 10, 25 and 50 years ago, and a gallery of research photographs that provide a fascinating insight into the places, species and people described in the journal.
The January issue of Oryx is made freely available on the Cambridge Journals website each year. The January 2015 issue of Oryx, which contains 22 research articles as well as a range of other material, is available until the end of December 2015.
In a landmark year for Oryx, 2016 will see the publication of volume 50 of the journal—an opportune time to consider what material published in the journal since volume 1 of 1950 can tell us about the future of conservation. In the Editorial of the January issue, Editor Martin Fisher traces the highs and lows, as reported in the journal, in the conservation of the Arabian oryx Oryx leucoryx—once a species in free fall but now resurrected throughout much of its former range. The story begins in volume 1, with Foster-Vesey-Fitzgerald lamenting the decline of the fauna of Arabia as a result of hunting from jeeps. By 1960 the extinction of the species in the wild was being predicted, and that same year Operation Oryx was launched with the support of the Fauna Preservation Society—now Fauna & Flora International. The Operation captured the last wild oryx, for a captive-breeding programme, leading eventually to the re-establishment of a number of populations in the wild. In 2011, with the global population assessed as stable or increasing, the species was recategorized from Endangered to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. All articles on the Arabian oryx published in the journal since volume 1 are freely available as a virtual issue at http://journals.cambridge.org/orx. The January issue also features two special sections, one on hunting, poaching and bushmeat, and the other on marine conservation, which includes an open access article on global progress on marine protection targets. The cover features the Endangered scalloped hammerhead shark in Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica.
If you join Fauna & Flora International as an Oryx Member, Sponsor Member, Life Member or Concessionary Member you will receive a copy of Oryx every quarter.
Membership includes access to all the issues of Oryx published between 1950 and the current issue. Fauna & Flora International also offers institutional subscriptions.
Subscribe to Oryx by joining Fauna & Flora International as a member today.
A major benefit of becoming a member of Fauna & Flora International is that you can choose to have an online subscription to Oryx. This includes access to the journal’s archives from 1950 to the present day. The Archive is fully searchable, and includes original research articles, news items and much more besides, all available as pdf files.
For information on how to become a member of Fauna & Flora International visit our membership pages.