Muscat: The Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre in Barka has welcomed two new Arabian gazelles.
The two gazelles, one male and one female, were born last week, according to an official at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs.
This takes the total number of Arabian gazelles at the centre so far to 80, the official added.
Until September 2015, 13 Arabian gazelles, two oryx and one sand gazelle were born at the centre.
The Barka-based centre provides wild animals and birds with medical care release them into the wild when they are fit.
Arabian Gazelles’ breeding programme was first launched in 2005 in Barka by bringing the animals from the Al Silail Natural Reserve in the South Al Sharqiyah governorate.
The ministry, in coordination with the Omani Wild Animals Delivering Centre of the Royal Court Affairs brought a herd of Oryx to the sanctuary in 2013 and said they will be released back into the wild if considered fit and healthy.