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  • Ahmed Saleh

Al-Khunfah protected area in Tabuk Region, part of King Salman Reserve

Sakaka, January 14, 2024, The Al-Khunfah protected area, situated to the north of Tayma governorate in the Tabuk Region, stands as a significant component of the expansive King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Reserve (KSRNR), encompassing an extensive 20,000 square kilometers.

Al-Khunfah boasts a rich natural habitat, providing a sanctuary for a diverse array of flora and fauna. Among its inhabitants are houbara bustards, rabbits, reptiles, and lavender trees, contributing to the area's ecological diversity and natural charm.

Renowned for its numerous valleys, Al-Khunfah experiences seasonal rainfall, with some valleys receiving up to 100 millimeters of precipitation. This unique climate contributes to the flourishing biodiversity of the region, making it a haven for various plant and animal species.

In a concerted effort to preserve and enhance the local wildlife, the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Reserve has undertaken a conservation initiative. As part of this endeavor, 65 Arabian sand gazelles, also known as reem, have been released into the Al-Khunfah protected area. This strategic move aims to contribute to the preservation of the natural balance and further enrich the ecosystem of the region.

The release of Arabian sand gazelles into Al-Khunfah underscores the commitment to conservation efforts and the promotion of sustainable practices within the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Royal Reserve. As these initiatives continue, they play a vital role in maintaining the ecological integrity of this protected area and ensuring the well-being of its diverse inhabitants.

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