Shell sponsors leopards conservation expedition
“At Shell Oman, the environment is one of our top priorities. That is why, we are especially proud to be part of the acclaimed Biosphere Expeditions in
Biosphere Expeditions is an award-winning non-profit wildlife conservation organisation founded by Dr Hammer in 1999.
Biosphere Expeditions is working with the office of the adviser for conservation of the environment (Diwan of Royal Court) in looking for evidence of Arabian leopards in the remote and rugged mountains of Musandam, while also promoting tourism in support of conservation.
The Arabian leopard is the last surviving species of big cats on the
The expedition team to Musandam includes ordinary individuals and scientific personnel who will look for evidence of leopard presence, survey hunting hotspots like waterholes, and talk to local inhabitants about possible sightings. The expedition will also attempt to film the Arabian leopard in its natural habitat.
Besides the leopard, the study will encompass species like the Arabian Tahr, Blanford’s fox, Red fox, Caracal lynx, wildcat, Brandt’s hedgehog, Ethiopian hedgehog, White-tailed mongoose, Egyptian vulture, Golden eagle and the Chukar — a member of the partridge family. The expedition will be conducted in partnership with Shell Oman as well as the Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources, and the Ministry of Tourism.
The project has important implications for
“We see a great opportunity with Biosphere Expeditions to finally establish the status of the Arabian leopard in Musandam — the only remaining area of
Hadi’s special experience in surveying, camera-trapping and satellite tracking of leopards in Dhofar as part of the Arabian Leopard Survey project is key to the success of the expedition.
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