Re-introductions in today's Arabian Peninsula: The first steps for a grander vision?

Mark R. Stanley Price
2011 Zoology in the Middle East  
This paper is a personal view, deriving from the knowledge base of the Arabian Peninsula's fauna, the record on re-introduction of Arabian Oryx and Houbara Bustard, and selective conservation actions for the region's species, to propose an ambitious vision for restoring the region's key ecosystems through re-wilding, a holistic approach for biodiversity conservation. It is argued that the need is urgent and the time is right, and that various circumstances and opportunities are now favourable.
more » ... re now favourable. The prospect is for the Arabian Peninsula to maintain its roles as home to specialised species, to continue to act as a sanctuary and crossroads for species from three major neighbouring biological realms, and to be a potential refuge in the face of climate change.
doi:10.1080/09397140.2011.10648907 fatcat:a44rvnggmbgf3dujiim3t6voou