The Oryx is generally believed to be the prototype of the fabled unicorn since seen from the side, it does appear to have one long graceful horn. The Arabian Oryx, once reported extinct, is currently surviving thanks to the efforts of conservationists and more particularly, this expedition which captured ""the first three animals for the world pool of the Arabian Oryx."" What could have been an especially exciting story, set in the sands of the desert etc., will remain of minimal interest to the general public since Mr. Shepherd writes in slow motion, footnoting the tea breaks and re-recording rather dull conversations. But there is a good deal of information about the land and people and a great many supplementary regional details as well as a naturalist's view on the flora and fauna from dthubs to camel spiders. One could only wish that Gerald Durrell had been there.