The National Center for Wildlife Development in Saudi Arabia released on Saturday morning 20 endangered mountain caribou in the National Park, southwest of Saudi Arabia, the first step of its kind in the Al Baha region.
Prince of Al-Baha region, Dr Hussam bin Saud sponsored the event and stressed the need to preserve and rehabilitate wildlife in the implementation of the leadership’s directives to protect the environment and its natural components.
The prince expressed his happiness with the region’s wild animals release, pointing out their importance in achieving ecological balance.
He valued the efforts made by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in achieving the principle of environmental sustainability and enriching biodiversity in the Kingdom.
The step comes within the national program to release and resettle endangered wildlife, which the National Center for Wildlife Development implements.
The National Park is one of the largest parks affiliated to the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture and is characterized by its mountainous nature.
Holidaymakers and visitors to the Al Baha region will enjoy watching and photographing the mountain deer, which is one of the most attractive natural components in the mountainous areas of Saudi Arabia.
It is noteworthy that the caribou is a mountain animal that resembles a goat and is characterized by two back horns that reach a length of approximately 45cm and has a tuft of hair under the chin that resembles a beard. They are strong and have short limbs.
The caribou are found along the Madyan, Hijaz, and Sarawat mountains and in the central region along the Tuwaiq and Aja and Salma mountains. There are good numbers of it in the wild beasts’ reserve in Hotat Bani Tamim.
Deers go long distances in the high mountainous areas and gather around water pools for drinking. They are usually active during the early morning and evening periods to avoid the hot sun.