It is very exciting for me to come back to Dhofar for the search of Arabian leopards in the southern part of Oman, one of the rarest cats in the world. This time joining the joint expedition in Wadi Saiq (West Dhofar) between Rakhyout and Dhalkut by BSES and the Office for Conservation of the Environment, Diwan of Royal Court with collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs in Dhofar.
The expedition is progressing well and looking at the biodiversity of the wadi system from its mouth at the coast (Wadi Kharfout) to the upper part of the wadi. The expedition is recording all observations for birds, some invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. Camera traps are in progress and we look forward to seeing what will they show when the expedition ends in about two weeks’ time. Our office is leading the efforts for conservation of the critically endangered Arabian leopard in Dhofar and the knowledge produced by this expedition will be very important to help us in conserving leopards in its habitat in our country based on scientific evidence.
The team of the expedition works hard to study the biodiversity of the wadi and there is a good exchange of knowledge and cultural aspects between the Omani and the British. We wish for the expedition all the success.
Dr Mansoor AlJahdhami
Senior Specialist, Environmental Studies, Office for Conservation of the Environment, Diwan of Royal Court.
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