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National Wildlife Research Center and environs, Taif
Saudi Arabia, Makkah
40o 42.00' East 21o 15.00' North
A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
1,400 - 1,450m
Year of IBA assessment
Saudi Wildlife Commission (Affiliate)
Site description Fairly flat, sandy/gravelly desert fringe at 1,450 m on the edge of the north-east Asir foothills, c.40 km south-east of Taif. There are a few gneiss inselbergs and dry wadis. The site is a fenced captive breeding centre, and the previously overgrazed vegetation is rapidly recovering to grassland and scrub bushland. Wadis just outside the boundary fence have many Acacia iraqensis trees and one has been dammed with some water usually present. Large semi-natural enclosures contain ungulates or are ungrazed.
Key Biodiversity See box for key species. Large numbers of Chlidonias leucopterus have occurred at the dam on migration (seasonal total 26,000; see box).
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr Stephen F. Newton.
References Newton and Newton (1993), Schulz and Schulz (1992), Symens (1989). Also monthly, quarterly and annual reports are available at the National Wildlife Research Center (Taif) and the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (Riyadh).
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