Poaching: A Threat for Vulnerable Wild Animal Species in Oman

Massimo Giangaspero and Metab Khalaf Salim Al Ghafri

Despite international and national control measures, poaching is still reported worldwide, with variable intensity and impact against wildlife in the diوٴerent geographic region ecosystems. In Oman, poaching adversely aوٴected vulnerable species such as Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) and Sand gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa). Also sharks become victims of illegal fishing for fin collection in relation to the high demand from oriental markets. People sensitization on the value of wildlife and the importance of natural patrimony preservation, combined with monitoring and repression of crimes against wildlife are essential elements to support conservation eوٴorts especially for vulnerable and endangered species.