Environment Conservation Office Spots Arabian Leopard in Dhofar

Salalah, Field surveys conducted this year by the Environment Conservation Office, Diwan of Royal Court’s Department of Environmental Affairs here, showed new appearances of the Arabian leopard (Panthera pardus nimr), caught in webcams in the Najd region’s Qardait area in the north of Wilayat of Salalah, Dhofar Governorate.

The documentation adds to the findings of the “Arabian Leopard Conservation Project” which spans the Najd areas with a view to highlighting their rare wildlife, globally known for being at risk of extinction.

The Sultanate rallies the efforts of its different authorities to serve the goal of conservation of wildlife and organisms in the Najd region—areas of Wadi Jazlut and Wadi Ashouq (Mughsail), and other regions. Areas roamed by the Arabia leopard include Jabal Al Qara and Jabal Al Qamar.

The study will assist the Diwan of Royal Court’s team working on the Arabian leopard project to enhance the protection of zones that form natural habitats for wildlife like the Nubian Goat and the Arabian Gazelle, in addition to the Striped Hyena and the Desert Lynx, among other local species. This is in addition to protecting the wild vegetation, due to its economic and social values.

Source: Oman News Agency