A herd of 38 Scimitar-Horned Oryx has taken a step into history as the first of many animals which are destined to call the Monarto Safari Park's Wild Africa precinct home.
The new 550-hectare $40 million precinct - which will eventually house free-range animals such as giraffe, eland, hippos, zebra, bongo, ostrich and rhinos - will be the site for a resort facility as well as a range of experiences for visitors to enjoy.
Known as Etosha, after the national park in Namibia, the first stage of the development has welcomed the 38 oryx as well as 14 blackbucks and three ostriches.
The oryx is an antelope species which are extinct in the wild, which makes the movement of a herd to Wild Africa a significant achievement.
Monarto Safari Park director Peter Clark said it was important for the park to contribute to conservation of many animal species.
"The scimitar-horned oryx is listed as extinct in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and has been for many years," Mr Clark said.
"To see these animals roaming in grasslands as they would in the wild is a magnificent sight and stark reminder of how vital conservation work is, not just for the oryx, but for species all over the world."
Work on the Wild Africa precinct began a few years ago and now incorporates eight waterholes and 20 kilometres of walking trail in an area which has been planted with specific grasses to feed the large number of animals which will inhabit the plain.
Visitors will be able to experience a Wild Africa safari at the park as early as 2022, with construction of the accommodation and resort planned to begin mid this year.
For more information or to book tickets for the Monarto Safari Park visit https://www.monartosafari.com.au/