As was previously reported, against all our expectations, we have been successful in establishing the presence of Arabian Leopard in a remote part of Dhofar, Oman. It is only now, as I sit behind a desk thousands of miles away back in the UK, that this is slowly starting to sink in. So many people from so many organisations collaborated to make this expedition a success, and they all deserve to be very proud of this achievement, not least the British Schools Exploring Society and Chief Leader Terry Fones.
Now the important work of collating, analysing and publishing our data begins. This is no simple task, with piles of notes and data sheets on the floor around me, and one very full computer hard drive.
A foundation upon which the expedition was based is freedom of information, and as such, over the coming months we publish a report covering all our findings and data, so that it might immediately support conservation efforts in Oman.
In the mean time, this image is the reason that so many, worked so hard, for so long, in such a remote area. I think you’ll agree, it was worth it. More images and videos coming soon!
Copyright ©2012 BSES & the Oman Office for Conservation of the Environment.
This article was originally published over on the BSES blog. If you would like to support conservation in Oman then there are lots of ways you can help. If you found this story interesting, then why not tell a friend and help make more people aware. Better yet, we’re returning to Oman next January and you or someone you know could get involved – find out more here.