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HOPPER MOUNTAN NWRC:  Refuge Complex Hosts Official from Jordan
Region 8, July 30, 2009
Visiting from Jordan, Mahmoud Bdour takes pictures during a tour of the Bitter Creek NWR (Michael Woodbridge/USFWS, 2009).
Visiting from Jordan, Mahmoud Bdour takes pictures during a tour of the Bitter Creek NWR (Michael Woodbridge/USFWS, 2009). - Photo Credit: n/a

by Michael Woodbridge, Hopper Mountain NWRS
During the week of July 26, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) and California Condor Recovery Program hosted Mahmoud Bdour, site manager of the Wadi Rum Protected Area.  Mr. Bdour, along with three other Jordanian officials, was in the United States for two weeks.  The trip was coordinated through the Department of the Interior’s International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP).

 

DOI-ITAP arranged the Jordanian visit as part of an effort funded through a grant with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote cultural and environmental tourism in Jordan.  The goal of the Jordan project is to strengthen the capacity of cultural and environmental tourism sites to enhance the visitor experience while assuring the existing environmental, natural, and cultural resources are protected.  Tourism is a key driver of Jordan’s economy and the country’s single largest employer.

 

During his time with the Hopper Mountain Refuge Complex, Mr. Bdour learned about national wildlife refuge management and the California Condor Recovery Program.  Learning about the FWS’ work with reintroducing condors was particularly helpful, since Wadi Rum is currently engaged in the reintroduction of Arabian Oryx. In addition, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff escorted Mr. Bdour on tours with California Condor Recovery Program partner organizations, including the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Wildlands Conservancy, and Santa Barbara Zoo.

Contact Info: Michael Woodbridge, 916-978-4445, michael_woodbridge@fws.gov