Forum to promote wildlife conservation

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To promote wildlife reserves, the Office for Conservation of the Environment at the Diwan of Royal Court will organise the first Scientific Forum in the Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve from September 17–19.

Speaking to Muscat Daily,  Dr Qais al Rawahi, director, Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve, said, “The forum’s programme will include scientific lectures, practical workshops and field visits to breeding centres in the Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve.”

The forum targets citizens and residents in Oman while its main aim is to exchange experiences among veterinarians.

The forum aims to share knowledge about the methods of breeding wild animals in the reserve and help the participants get acquainted with the project of bringing Arabian oryx from the US.

It will also educate them on the diseases that affect animals, methods of treatment and the project of catching Nubian ibex and installing collars on these.

Veterinarians will make several day and night tours inside the reserve to identify more than 11 species of wild animals including Arabian oryx, Arabian gazelle, Rhim gazelle, Nubian ibex, red fox, ostrich and brown eagle.

The night tour will include observing and counting animals such as the wild rabbit.

The reserve will provide the participating veterinarians with a place to sleep, and also allow camping.

“In the future, we are planning to hold more events to attract people. We want to promote the reserve and also spread the culture of wildlife conservation among members of the community,” added Dr Rawahi.

Veterinarians can register for the forum via https://forms. gle/EwurY4481eGUmXdXA

Meanwhile, the Office for Conservation of the Environment  recently launched a programme to release wild animals (Arabian antelopes) into the wild, setting them free in the Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve.

Following their release, the antelopes were traced through satellite and radio devices.

The move came in the wake of a success story that began with a project for the settlement and breeding of the Arabian oryx in the 1970s.

The second phase of the project for the settlement of Arabian oryx was implemented by a decision of the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in the 1980s.

The third phase of the programme was launched in March 2020, which saw the release of Arabian oryx, Arabian gazelle and Rhim gazelle into the wildlife reserve.

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