Welcome to PSFWRC website !

The Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA) was established in 1986 and is responsible for the conservation and development of wildlife in Saudi Arabia. It fulfills its mandate thanks to the continuous support from the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud; may God protect him. From its national strategy, the Commission announced fifteen areas for protection, covering about 85,000 Km², which is about 4% of the Kingdom’s land area. In order to breed some particular indigenous species in captivity and then reintroduce them into the wild, the Commission established two research centers: the Prince Saud al-Faisal Wildlife Research Center in Taif (PSFWRC previously NWRC: National Wildlife Research Center) and the King Khaled Wildlife Research Center in Thumamah (KKWRC).

The Prince Saud al-Faisal Wildlife Research Center was established in 1986. Situated southeast of the city of Taif in the foothills of the Sarawat Mountains, the PSFWRC is responsible for the captive breeding and the reintroduction of some key wildlife species in Saudi Arabia. These include the Asian houbara bustard, the Arabian oryx and the red-necked ostrich. All of these species have been reintroduced into one or more of the Kingdom’s Protected Areas. In 2008 the Center began a captive breeding of Arabian leopard that, after some initial challenges, is now succeeding. Along with the monitoring of reintroduced populations, the PSAWRC conducts several research projects, some of which involve international cooperation. The Center is also involved with public awareness programs and we hope that this website will contribute to the promotion of wildlife conservation in the Kingdom.

Beside presenting these activities, the website offers a photo library, which  includes more than two thousand pictures selected from PSFWRC’s own library, that itself numbers more than one hundred thousand pictures.
For those interested in scientific research, you will be able to access 60% of the 650 scientific papers the Centre has been involved with since its creation. Other articles will be made available in the future.

This website will improve from your general comments, as well as from relevant scientific add-ins.

I wish you an enjoyable and useful visit to the PSFWRC website and thank you for your support to wildlife conservation.

                                            Dr Hani Tatwany

                                            President, Saudi Wildlife Authority

Prince Saud al-Faisal

Wildlife Research Center

P.O.Box 1086 Taif

Saudi Arabia

Tel +966 12 7481252

+966 12 7481271

+966 12 7481307

Fax +966 12 7481305


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