Saturday, April 22, 2006

Yemen and Oman to Protect Arab Tiger

Yemen and Oman to Protect Arab Tiger




NewsYemen, Sana’a



The tiger is the symbol of beauty in mountainous regions and belongs to the cat family. The Arab tiger is one of seven categories recorded of this animal. The tiger, smaller than its African counterpart, lives in the southern Peninsula. It lives in Yemen, Oman, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine.


Despite conservation efforts, this animal has begun to become extinct during the 90s. In Yemen it lives in the mountains especially around Al-Mahra, Hawf, Bra’, Utma and in the Dhafar mountains. This tiger is listed on the endangered animals list. According to an international treaty, those animals threatened are to be protected as well as their natural habitat.


Mt. Simhan in Oman was announced as a nature reserve in 1997. This is the only place on the peninsula where tigers live protected and away from people which increases its chance for survival. The Omani government is exerting great efforts to not only protect the animal but also the plant life in the Dhafar region.


According to Mahmoud Mohammed Shediwu, head of the body for environmental protection, stated that, “our country is home to a number of tigers in the forests and mountain regions.” The minister of water and the environment, Abdul Rahman Fadl Al-Irani, has been working in close cooperation with an Omani delegation to protect this natural resource and prevent it from becoming extinct. The two countries agree to establish natural preserves along their shared borders and to develop complementary administrative units to watch over the natural diversity. Both countries will also share experience and information.

For the cats,


Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 100 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

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