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Royal Al-Ula releases 1,580 animals to resettle wild animals

The Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate has launched a campaign to resettle wild animals, which includes the resettlement of more than 1,580 wild animals belonging to four categories, including antelope, reem gazelle, Arabian oryx and mountain ibex, within three nature reserves in Al-Ula Governorate.

The resettlement campaign is the largest of its kind for the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, as it includes determining the readiness of the site, monitoring the resettled animals, and focusing on scientific studies and preparations for animal resettlement campaigns in Al-Ula.

The ambitious plans of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula will also promote a number of natural reserves, which highlight Al-Ula as a leading global destination for protecting the natural and cultural environment, which will cover an area of ​​more than 12 square kilometers.

The release is in line with IUCN guidelines that newly released animals should be monitored using SMART analysis software, camera traps and satellite collars.

Wild animals in AlUla

Collars used for the first time

This is also the first time in the region that lightweight, solar-powered collars have been used for ungulate animals, as intensive monitoring contributes to accelerating the research of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate, to measure the extent of the balance of the ecosystem, which will increase the efficiency of future launch campaigns and will contribute to in improving animal habitat management.

The campaign is in line with national efforts through the objectives of the Al-Ula vision, which is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, the initiative of His Highness the Crown Prince – may God protect him – “Green Saudi Arabia” and the “Green Middle East” initiative, with the aim of transforming Al-Ula into the largest living museum in the world, while preserving Its environmental and historical characteristics, which achieves community participation, public health goals and raising the level of quality of life for residents and visitors.

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