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Saudi State Minister welcomes US Chamber of Commerce delegation

RIYADH: Two Italian researchers presented new scientific research on falcon conservation, including using drones to rehabilitate injured birds, at an international falconry exhibition in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Giovanni Granati and Dr. Athena Jitariuc presented the study at a workshop during the event, which ran from Aug. 25 to Sept. 3, Globe Newswire reported.

Conservation of the Peregrine Falcon is in line with Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to conserve wildlife and habitats so that future generations can enjoy the rich and unique natural diversity of Saudi Arabia. It also aims to promote ecotourism.

Granati has authored multiple books on raptor training, falcon racing, hunting and rehabilitation. His new research highlights how drones can be used for this purpose.

Jitariuc noted the importance of using the latest technology to protect raptors around the world.

Researchers unveiled the first drone specifically made for falconry at an exhibition.

The pair also presented mounted cameras used to study the dynamic flight patterns of these raptors.

“With the support of the Arabs, we will be able to create the first rehabilitation center without the help of containment cages, where raptors will be created with UFO drones until they become completely self-sufficient. In short, this is a remarkable and innovative project.”

The exhibition also featured international and local art galleries, a photo contest, a museum, and a falcon auction.

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