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    NCW celebrates caracal birth in Taif wildlife center


    Jul 5, 2024

    Saudi Gazette report

    TAIF — The National Center for Wildlife (NCW) announced the successful birth of two caracal cubs at the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Wildlife Research Center in Taif.

    This achievement marks a significant milestone in the center’s breeding program, initiated in 2022 with a nucleus of 16 individuals. The program aims to conserve and protect wildlife, maintain ecosystem balance, and enrich biodiversity, aligning with the National Environmental Strategy and the Saudi Green Initiative.

    NCW has invested substantially in upgrading and preparing the caracal enclosures at the research center, resulting in notable improvements in breeding and care programs for this majestic species.

    “We are delighted to announce this milestone, which underscores the success of our efforts to rehabilitate ecosystems and enhance balance,” said Dr. Mohammed Qurban, CEO of the National Center for Wildlife.

    “This achievement demonstrates our commitment to conserving endangered species and expanding breeding programs, showcasing our ongoing success in implementing ambitious environmental initiatives aimed at protecting biodiversity in the Kingdom.”

    Dr. Qurban emphasized NCW’s dedication to supporting efforts to breed and reintroduce endangered species into their natural habitats through specialized scientific programs and activities in partnership with local and global experts. The launch of breeding and reintroduction programs for local predators, including the lynx, coincides with the expansion of protected areas, ensuring suitable habitats for these creatures. Predators play a crucial role in maintaining ecological balance by contributing to food chains and ecosystem integrity.

    Established in 1986, the Prince Saud Al-Faisal Wildlife Research Center in Taif is one of several research centers under NCW. It focuses on breeding and reintroducing local endangered species into their natural habitats and monitoring their post-release progress. The center hosts eight breeding programs, including those for the Asina Houbara, Arabian oryx, Common Ostrich, Arabian leopard, Arabian Mountain gazelle, Nubian ibex, Caracal, and Arabian hare.

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