THE BAJA POST
In a faraway desert, tens of miles from Baja’s dunes and sand, hopes are high for the Arabian leopard, a sub-species that dwells in the Arabic Peninsula, as part of the most breathtaking desert landescapes on earth, a millenary species that the RCU is trying to save and this year has been great for a cute cub.
The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), Saudi organization established in July 2017 to preserve and develop the 2 thousand year-old- archeological and historical site of Al-Ula, north western, Saudi Arabia, announced the birth of an Arabian leopard cub, offering hope for the revival of her critically endangered species.
The female cub was born on April 23. Her gender identification and first health check occurred on July 13. The cub is now one of 16 born in a captive-breeding program at the Arabian Leopard Breeding Center in Taif, Saudi Arabia.
Tehere has been a big campaign to bring the animal back from near extinction, and as far as September 30 the baby cub has survived, so hopes are high for the leopard subspecies native to the Arabian Peninsula, listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List since 1996.
About AlUla, the Arabian Leoprad habitat
A place of extraordinary natural and human heritage, one thousand 100 km (700 miles) from Riyadh in north-west Saudi Arabia, AlUla, covering 22 thousand 561 km² (about , with a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and ancient sites from thousands of years back in time.
Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 52-hectare (150 acres) ancient city, southern capital city city of the Nabataean Kingdom, comprised of nearly 100 well-preserved tombs with elaborate facades cut into sandstone outcrops. Current research suggests Hegra was the most southern outpost of the Romans after conquering the Nabataeans in the year 106 AD.
Besides Hegra, AlUla is home to historical and archaeological sites such as: an Old Town surrounded by an ancient oasis; Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan Kingdoms, considered one of the most developed 1st-millennium BCE cities of the Arabian Peninsula; thousands of ancient rock art sites and inscriptions in Jabal Ikmah; and Hijaz Railway stations can be found there.