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Inaugural Arabian Leopard Day kicks off across region with focus on saving the species


Across the region, Arabian Leopard Day is also marked with classroom education initiatives as well as social media outreach throughout the day with the hashtag #ArabianLeopardDay. And in a public show of support, many government entities across Saudi Arabia will incorporate the official Arabian Leopard Day logo on their websites and social media today.

In an important step forward, the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Catmosphere Foundation to strengthen regional efforts to safeguard the future of the Arabian leopard. RCU and Catmosphere will work closely together on a series of sustainable and innovative events, campaigns and research initiatives with the common goal of safeguarding the future of the Arabian leopard, an animal of national pride in Saudi Arabia and around the region.

The first Arabian Leopard Day highlights the plight of the species, which once roamed freely across the Arabian Peninsula but is now restricted to small populations scattered across Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen.

His Highness the Prince Badr bin Abdulla bin Mohammad bin Farhan Al-SaudGovernor of AlUla and Minister of Culture, said: “The signing of the MoU supports RCU’s Arabian leopard conservation program, which is at the heart of broad sustainable development plans for the wider AlUla region. This agreement also significantly strengthens existing partnerships. with entities concerned with the conservation of natural fauna and flora, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).”

Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia Ambassador to United States and founder of Catmosphere, said: “The signing of this new MoU supports Catmosphere’s mission to secure a future for big cats, including the Arabian leopard. the species in the wild.”

Amr Al Madani, CEO, royal commission for AlUlasaid: “The Arabian Leopard is a powerful symbol of RCU’s goal to conserve and safeguard the natural environment of AlUla through far-reaching conservation efforts to protect the natural flora and fauna of AlUla. this incredible part of northwestern Arabia. It is a sad reality that the Arabian leopard is critically endangered. Continuing threats to its natural habitat underscore the urgent need to intensify efforts that are so vital to the long-term survival of the species. We really want people to celebrate Arabian Leopard Day and engage in activities to raise awareness and help protect these majestic big cats.”

The Arabian leopard is emblematic of Saudi Arabia and RCU’s broad ambitions for environmental sustainability. The species occupies a unique place in the collective consciousness and imagination of the region; images of the big cat have been found in ancient rock art, inspired folk tales, and are even used in modern everyday expressions.

With fewer than 200 individuals in the wild, the Arabian leopard is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN and is considered to be at extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Last year, the birth of a female at the Arabian leopard breeding center in Taif, Saudi Arabia, highlighted the great potential for reintroduction of the species into the wild and the mountains around AlUla and beyond. However, there is still a long and difficult way to go with ongoing efforts to establish protected habitat in order to restore the population.

RCU, which regenerates a 22,561 km2 northwest region Saudi Arabia as a global destination for natural and cultural heritage, is committed $25 million to the Arabian Leopard Fund, an independent organization established to implement conservation projects throughout the leopard’s home range. The RCU has designated five nature reserves covering 12,500 km2 and will work with leading experts such as Panthera and the IUCN to activate, conserve and safeguard these protected areas with a vision that leopards could one day roam free again.

Saudi Arabia The Council of Ministers has designated Arabian Leopard Day on February 10 every year.

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About the Royal Commission for AlUla

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) was established by Royal Decree in July 2017 preserve and develop AlUla, an area of ​​outstanding natural and cultural significance in the northwest Saudi Arabia. RCU’s long-term plan outlines a responsible, sustainable and sensitive approach to urban and economic development that preserves the region’s natural and historic heritage, while making AlUla a desirable place to live, work and visit. This encompasses a wide range of initiatives in the fields of archaeology, tourism, culture, education and the arts, reflecting a commitment to address the priorities of economic diversification, empowerment of local communities and preservation of the heritage of of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 program.

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