Wadi Sireen Reserve Oman

Wadi Sireen Reserve in Oman
 


“Wadi Sireen Reserve” is located in the eastern Al-Hajar Mountains about 45 kilometers south west of Muscat Governorate. There a large number of wild animals in the area.
 
Wadi Sireen’s borders three wilayats are: Amerat, Quriyat, and Dima Wa Taeen, and there are two entry points at Jebel Aswad “The Black Mountain” and in Jebel Abyad “The White Mountain”.
 
The Reserve is home to one of the rarest and most timid mammal in the world known as the Arabian Tahr, due to the wadi has the perfect environment for Tahr to live such as: mountain cliffs and rocky slopes. 
 
There are many other animals which share wadi Sireen’s hospitality with the Arabian Tahr such as Arabian gazelle, Arabian wolf, Blanfor’s fox, Red fox, Hedgehog, deer, Jayakar’s Oman lizard, common Kestrel, Egyptian vulture, Sand partridge, Oman saw-scaled viper and some kind of birds, in addition to many reptiles and invertebrates. The animals are found alone or in small groups like family group.
 
The Arabian Tahr is the smallest animal of its species in the world. It has a short body, hooked horns in sexes, reddish-brown hair, as well as a dark line that extends along the back. The male Tahr has a long mane that covers its entire neck and continues to grow as the animal advances in age.
 
Although Tahr can survive without drinking for long periods, in case of good vegetation presence, in summer it will come down to drink every two or three days. Tahr feeds on grasses, fruits, seeds and leaves. “Wadi Sireen” also contains 400 types of plant, ten of them are endemic and four are endangered species.
 
People who want to visit the reserve have to take permission from the Office for the Conservation of the Environment, provided the visitors have to abide by some rules and restrictions.

 

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