1994 (to World Heritage List) (the site is not legally protected)
The Arabian Oryx Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in the OmaniCentral Desert and Coastal Hills. Within its boundaries are found rare fauna, including a free-ranging herd of Arabian oryx, the first since the species' extinction in the wild in 1972, and subsequent reintroduction in 1982 at this site.
On June 28, 2007, the reserve became historic as the first ever to be delisted and removed from the World Heritage register. UNESCO cited Oman's decision to reduce the site by 90% and the decline of the population of Arabian oryx from 450 in 1996 to 65 as a result of poaching and loss of habitat. At that time only four mating pairs remained.