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
Map showing the location of Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve
Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve (Middle East)
Map showing the location of Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve
Map showing the location of Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve
Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve (Asia)
LocationDhofar Governorate, South Arabia
Nearest citySalalah
Coordinates17°30′58″N 54°56′24″E / 17.516°N 54.94°E / 17.516; 54.94[1]Coordinates: 17°30′58″N 54°56′24″E / 17.516°N 54.94°E / 17.516; 54.94[1]
Area4,500 km2 (1,700 sq mi)

Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve[1] (Arabic: محمية جبل سمحان) is a nature reserve in the area of Jabal Samḥān (Arabic: جَبَل سَمْحَان, "Mount Samhan") in Dhofar, Oman. It has an area of 4,500 square kilometres (1,700 sq mi) and has no permanent population.[2] Being in the region of the Dhofar Mountains, it is one of the last refuges for wild Arabian leopards.[3][4]

Data suggests that around twenty Arabian leopards left in the reserve.[5]

Fauna

The most important leopard prey species are Arabian gazelle, Nubian ibex, Cape hare, rock hyrax, Indian crested porcupine, desert hedgehog and several bird species. Occasionally leopards might prey on domestic livestock. Other predators, which are found in the reserve, include caracal, striped hyena and Arabian wolf.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Jebel Samhan Nature Reserve". protectedplanet.net.
  2. ^ "Jebel Samhan Nature Reserve". Ministry of Information (Oman). Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. 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. ^ a b 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, vol. 40, ORYX-LONDON, p. 287, doi:10.1017/S0030605306000743
  5. ^ @NatGeoUK (2018-10-03). "Dhofar: Where leopards roam". National Geographic. Retrieved 2021-03-29.