The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is facing a growing problem of baboon attacks and destruction of farmland, which is leading to increased concerns about the safety of the public and the preservation of the environment. To address this issue, the National Center for Wildlife (NCW) has organized a program in collaboration with governmental authorities and experts from around the world.
The program involves conducting field surveys across 504 sites in Saudi Arabia to monitor local baboon populations and to gather information about the areas affected by their presence. Based on this information, the NCW has implemented several solutions, including the installation of over 300 safety panels, the launch of five national awareness campaigns, and the creation of an e-service for reporting incidents.
Baboons move in large packs, sometimes up to 60 in number, and pose a direct threat to crops and food products. They also pose a threat to the safety of young children who play outdoors. In addition, tourist activities, such as feeding baboons despite the presence of warning signs, have contributed to the increase in food aggression and have led to packs of baboons aggressively approaching and entering local residences.
It's important to note that while baboons can be harmful to agriculture and residential areas, they also play a role in the ecosystem as seed dispersers and pollinators. However, the destruction caused by their presence in urban and agricultural areas outweighs their benefits.
In 2023, the NCW will continue its efforts to mitigate and address the problem through sustainable solutions, including studies on baboon breeding. The goal is to limit the damage caused by baboons, especially in tourist destinations across the south and southwest of the Kingdom.
The public also plays an important role in tackling this issue by stopping the direct and indirect feeding of baboons, which attracts them to residential neighborhoods, public roads, and other populated areas. The NCW emphasizes the importance of public cooperation in preventing baboon attacks and preserving the environment.
In conclusion, the program organized by the NCW aims to address the growing problem of baboon attacks and destruction of farmland in Saudi Arabia. By implementing various solutions and asking for public cooperation, the program aims to limit the damage caused by baboons and to ensure the safety of the public and the preservation of the environment.
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