Saudi wildlife centre releases endangered mountain goats in Al Baha

The Baljurashi national park will be the new home for the species

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Saudi Arabia's National Centre for Wildlife Development released 20 mountain goats into the Al Shukran Park of Baljurashi, in western Al Baha region.

The initiative by the region's governor, Prince Hussam bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz, is aimed at raising environmental awareness, enhancing the region's biodiversity and protecting the kingdom's endangered animal species.
The park is one of the country's largest and includes rugged mountain terrain, an ideal habitat for the goats.

The park is surrounded by mountains that have been home to ibex in the past, Prince Hussam said.

Visitors will be able to watch the goats from afar.

Also, there will be no danger to deer that roam beyond the park’s perimeters as public roads have been blocked, the prince said.

The Ministry of Transport has also placed road signs in areas where the endangered animals are likely to cross.

The release of the goats was attended by the region’s undersecretary, Abdul Moneim Al Shehri, the chief executive of the National Centre for the Development of Wildlife, Dr Muhammad Qurban, and the director of the ministry's branch in the region, Fahd Al Zahrani.