The UAE is expected to spearhead international efforts to save the Arabian Oryx having already established several successful conservation projects, according to Gulf News daily.
The new regional Coordinating Committee for the Conservation of the Arabian Oryx, will headquarter its Secretariat General in the emirates. The organization held its first meeting last month in Oman. The next meeting is scheduled for November. The UAE's Oryx population has become the largest following the implementation of successful conservation projects, including the one on Sir Bani Yas Island. There are more than 1,000 of these animals, with 300 on the Sir Bani Yas Island.
The government intends to release the Oryx back into the wild and ban hunting of them. In other wild life news, two Arabian leopard cubs born last month at the Breeding Center for Endangered Arabian wildlife in Sharjah are reportedly in perfect health. The month-old cubs are the centers' third successful litter of leopards in the last two years. Abdulaziz Al Midfa, director of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, told the Gulf News daily, that these leopards belong to a family that is critically endangered in its natural habitat in the Arabian Peninsula mountains.
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