Friday, 9 September 2011

Arabian Leopards

Some great work being carried out in Yemen and Oman in an attempt to save the Arabian Leopard (Panthera pardus nimr):

"Until January 11 2011, when we proved the existence of a Leopard population in eastern Yemen with our trail cameras, skeptics doubted that the Leopard persisted in this country. So scarce and secretive are these creatures that so far we have only captured four photographs of two [wild] individuals.  Following our success in eastern Yemen we plan on using camera traps to establish the existence of leopard populations in other parts of Yemen. This project will focus on Wada'a, Amran, a tribal area to the north of Yemen's capital Sana'a where we have good reason to believe that the Arabian Leopard still roams. We have trained Ibrahim Al Wada'i, a former Leopard trapper from Wada'a, in the use of trail cameras. Now all we have to do is provide Ibrahim and an assistant with equipment, salaries, and logistical support."

For more information on how you can help to keep this project on track, visit the Arabian Leopard pledge page.

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