Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve

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Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve
Map of Oman
Location Dhofar, Oman
Nearest city Salalah
Coordinates 17°30′58″N 54°56′24″E / 17.516°N 54.94°E / 17.516; 54.94Coordinates: 17°30′58″N 54°56′24″E / 17.516°N 54.94°E / 17.516; 54.94[1]
Area 4,500 km2 (1,700 sq mi)

Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in Dhofar, Oman. It has an area of 4,500 square kilometres (1,700 sq mi) and has no permanent population.[2] It is one of the last places with wild Arabian leopards.[3]

Fauna[edit]

The reserve is one of the last refuges for the Arabian leopard. The most important prey species are Arabian gazelle, Nubian ibex, Cape hare, rock hyrax, Indian crested porcupine, Desert hedgehog and several bird species. Occasionally they might prey on domestic live stock. Other predators, which are found in the reserve, include caracal, striped hyena and Arabian wolf.[4] .

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jebel Samhan Nature Reserve". protectedplanet.net. 
  2. ^ "Jebel Samhan Nature Reserve". Ministry of Information. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  3. ^ McKibbin, Anna (March–April 2009). "The Last Lair of the Leopard". Saudi Aramco World: 24–31. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Spalton, J. A., Hikmani, H. A., Willis, D., & Said, A. B. (2006). Critically Endangered Arabian leopards Panthera pardus nimr persist in the Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve, Oman. ORYX-LONDON-, 40(3), 287.