Thanks to conservation efforts, the Arabian Leopard is well on its way to roaring again!
The latest breakthrough in the conservation initiative took place at the Leopard Breeding Center. A female cub was born at a breeding center in the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Wildlife Research Center in the city of Taif in Saudi Arabia.
This birth is a milestone because the birth of a female cub is a remarkable step forward in saving the species. The newest cub joins a family of 16 newborns out of extensive research and conservation attempts at the breeding center. The Royal Commission for AlUla is proud of such a step in its captive-breeding program and views it as a closer step to the ultimate goal of rehabilitating local ecosystems.
In the grand scheme of things, the Royal Commission hopes to reintroduce endangered species back to the wild at AlUla. The breeding programs too will expand with a new Arabian leopard center at the Sharaan Nature Reserve also in AlUla. All this is backed by the Arab Leopard Fund, in which the Royal Committee has already deposited 25 million dollars.
Plans are already in motion to establish the vast majority AlUla, which is already a UNESCO world heritage site, as a natural reserve. Among the plans to reintroduce the Arabian Leopard are other endeavors to reintroduce other species as mountain gazelle and Nubian ibex.
The newborn cubs are adorable, and it’s awe-inspiring to see solid steps towards eco-restoration and strengthening the bond between man and nature through care and due diligence.