Arabia: Full swing

Update from our wildlife conservation volunteering holiday in Dubai (UAE) working on oryx, wildcat and desert species

Our Arabian desert conservation expedition is in full swing on day six. Writing this, all four survey teams have just returned to the DDCR office for the daily review, sharing experiences, sightings and findings of the day.

So far sightings of Arabian hare, lappet-faced vulture, Arabian red fox, pharaoh eagle owl and other birds of prey have been recorded, apart from the usual oryx and Arabian & sand gazelle sightings. We are also slowly progressing on the quadrat surveys and will intensify these surveys in group two in order to cover most of the study area.

Tomorrow will be the last survey day for group 1. Activities will include the collection of camera trap SD cards set on the first expedition day and hopefully we will be able to go through most of the photos they produced by tomorrow afternoon. We’ll then head back to camp for a last sundowner in the desert and camp fire in the evening.

Update from our Arabia expedition in Dubai, UAE working as an oryx volunteer in the desert of the UAE

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