18 Arabian oryx released into fenced Sealine Reserve

    06 Jan 2022

    Have you seen an Arabian Oryx in Qatar yet? How about an ostrich? A deer, may be?

    If you haven’t, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has got you covered. Its Department of Natural Reserves has released 18 Arabian oryx in to a fenced Sealine Reserve near Mesaieed in a move that will be replicated across Qatar with different animals to spur internal eco-tourism.

    The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, represented by the Department of Natural Reserves, released 18 Arabian oryx into the fenced Sealine reserve, The Peninsula Qatar reports.

    They will introduce more of them into the reserve later to take the total number to 50, in accordance with the plans and strategy to preserve biodiversity and multiply wildlife in the country.

    The number of oryx in the Sealine Reserve will soon be increased to 50, Qatar-tribune states.

    The initiative comes in accordance with the plans and strategy to preserve biodiversity and to develop and multiply wildlife in Qatar. Besides, the release of the antelope – declared vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature – is expected to draw more people to Sealine and Al-Udeid regions.

    The Ministry wants to geographically distribute the wildlife to more than one natural reserve in the country to reduce the chances of contracting diseases, as well as to prevent inbreeding among the same herd, and to promote internal eco-tourism by providing attractions for visitors in Sealine and Al Udeid area.

    The Department of Natural Reserves is also studying similar projects, including the release of ostriches and deer to the fenced nature reserves in the country. Coordination will be made with the tourism authorities to organise visits and tours of the reserves.

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