I took a small group from Zegrahm Expeditions to visit Oman’s Botanic Garden where Dr Annette Patzelt the site’s Scientific Director kindly explained the work and future of this unique establishment.
The Botanic garden has the largest collection of plants from the Arabian Peninsula. Through the collection of seeds, and the rescue of mature trees which were in a construction zone Oman’s Botanic Garden is both attempting to create a seed bank and a study centre for the flora of Oman the adjacent lands. The Botanic Gardens is yet to open, however the visit was planned to give us an insight into Oman’s flora.
Later, after travelling down the coast we were fortunate to see Green Turtles nest at Ras al Jinz.
Here, along a 40kilometer stretch of coastline thousands of Green Turtle annually lay their eggs within one of Oman’s protected areas. Other species nest in a wider geographical area.