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Arabian leopard spotted in Salalah region: OEC

22 Jun 2021

A recent survey carried out by the Office for Environmental Conservation (OEC) at the Diwan of Royal Court, represented by the Environmental Affairs Department in Salalah, revealed the presence of Arabian leopard in the Najd region in the wilayat of Salalah in Dhofar governorate.

‘This recent documentation came as a result of an ongoing project for the conservation of the Arabian leopard,’ OEC said.

The Arabian leopard is a rare breed of tigers that inhabits the Arabian peninsula and has been classified by the IUCN as being critically endangered. This animal is found in the sultanate in the Governorate of Dhofar.

The field studies carried out by the OEC at the Diwan of Royal Court for 23 years confirmed the presence of the Arabian leopard along the mountains of Dhofar from Hasik in the east to the wilayat of Dhalkut in the west, in addition to spotting it in the previous years in some Najd areas, north of the Dhofar Mountains.

The sultanate, represented by the Diwan of Royal Court, is making great and continuous efforts to preserve and protect the Arabian leopard from extinction. These relentless efforts have contributed to the stability of its numbers and the preservation of the sustainability of its natural habitats in Dhofar.

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