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Geno Protected Area waterholes
Geno Protected Area waterholes

 

Waterholes improve conditions for wildlife in Geno Protected Area

Geno Protected Area, covering 44,000 hectares, is situated in Hormozgan Province and is one of Laristan wild sheep’s main habitats. An important part of this area is mountainous, being mainly the continuation of the Zagros Mountain Range which extends from North-western and Western Iran to South-eastern Iran, fading on the borders of the Persian Gulf. Geno Mountains are Hormozgan Province’s most elevated area. The Laristan sheep exist on the slopes of low-lying mountains and hills, and even on elevations up to 2000 meters. The main concerns in the conservation of this species in this area are the proximity of the habitats to human communities and lack of water resources. The Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation has constructed some waterholes in the highlands of this area in order to protect the sheep and other wildlife in Geno. The main threat to this valuable species is poaching. The wild sheep that descend to lower ground to drink water move out of sight of game guards and often become easy prey for poachers.
Waterhole construction in highlands has reduced the risk of poaching and helped keep the animals within a range that can easily be monitored. According to Mohammad Salmanpour, Geno Protected Area’s manager, the project to construct waterholes has significantly improved protection of the Laristan sheep herds in the region. Currently, herds of up to 30 or 40 can be seen around the waterholes. Other species such as Persian leopards have also been recorded while using waterholes.

 

Geno waterholes

Geno waterholes