Five oryx have been born at north-western Saudi Arabia's NEOM nature reserve – the first to be delivered in this part of the kingdom in more than 100 years. In recent months, NEOM locals have witnessed a baby boom in the reserve, a successful start to a rewilding programme that is still in its first breeding season. The reserve has also witnessed births of 25 Arabian sand gazelle fawns and eight Nubian ibex offspring.
NEOM is committed to preserving 95 per cent of its land for nature. By implementing these initiatives, NEOM reserves are increasing in biodiversity, essential to a well-functioning ecosystem.
As the animals move through different areas of the reserve, they “pass seeds from the plants” they consume, which helps to ‘regreen’ the landscape.
NEOM has four distinct ecologies – coastal, lower desert, mountains and the upper valley.
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