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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - WILDLIFE

Al Ain Zoo to offer free entry for all on 19th - 20th December

Posted on 18/12/2013

Al Ain Zoo is to offer complimentary entry for all to the zoo on 19th and 20th December 2013. The initiative was announced on the occasion of the zoo commemorating its 45th anniversary this month, thus allowing guests to join in the celebrations. Guests who take advantage of the complimentary access can also take in the various activities of Arabian Month, which explores the region's rich history through traditional performances, culinary treats, and art work, all alongside the zoo's ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi welcomes 40 Arabian Oryx from USA

Posted on 16/12/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has received 40 Arabian Oryx from the USA, which will become part of its long-running Arabian Oryx Breeding Programme under the Arabian Oryx Breeding and Reintroduction Project. The Oryx, which recently arrived to Abu Dhabi, have been transferred to the Delaika Conservation and Breeding facility managed by EAD. The newly arrived Oryx - 15 males and 25 females - will breed with the Oryx that are native to Abu Dhabi and which are currently residing in ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo celebrates Arabian month

Posted on 05/12/2013

As the winter season approaches, Al Ain Zoo kicks off an interactive themed month to celebrate Arabian wildlife and culture, allowing visitors to explore the region's rich history through traditional performances, culinary treats, and art work. Each week will spotlight a different group of countries from the region, promoting the conservation of arid wildlife. Visitors can expect to see traditional cuisine, folklore and arts and crafts each week, showcasing the strong relationship between ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo participates in World Travel Market Exhibition in London

Posted on 11/11/2013

The Al Ain Zoo has recently participated in the 34th World Travel Market exhibition in London as part of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority suite to showcase the menagerie as a premier tourist destination in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the U.A.E., one that attracts roughly one million visitors per year. Organisers of the Al Ain Zoo stand highlighted the services and interactive experiences offered, as well as the zoo's diverse and unique collection of approximately 4000 animals, many ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo emerges as family favourite for Eid Al Adha Holiday

Posted on 17/10/2013

Al Ain Zoo has welcomed visitors from across the UAE and neighbouring countries to experience an exciting array of performances and activities celebrating Eid Al Adha. Guests from the region indulged in the activities that kicked off on the first day of Eid, an ideal time for visitors to experience the zoo with the animals growing increasingly interactive as temperatures drop. Al Ain Zoo presented a wide range of educational and cultural activities on the occasion of Eid Al Adha. In ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo programmes set to thrill this Eid

Posted on 14/10/2013

The Al Ain Zoo has extended its working hours and added an exciting array of performances to entertain visitors during the Eid Al Adha holidays. The new timings of the zoo will be 10am to 10pm from October 15 to 19, said a zoo spokesman. Regular opening hours from 9am to 8pm will resume after the Eid holidays on October 20. He said guests could photograph the zoo's recently-announced newborn giraffe and hippopotamus as well as partake in an variety of cultural and educational activities. In ...  >>MORE

See Al Ain Zoo's newborn hippo, giraffe this Eid

Posted on 10/10/2013

Al Ain Zoo is celebrating the birth of two newborns, a hippopotamus and a giraffe calf, and expects them to be a special attraction for visitors during the Eid holidays. The new-borns are on exhibit after being closely monitored under the care of the zoo's veterinarian team, a spokesperson of the zoo said on Wednesday. The young female hippopotamus will be available for public viewing at the core zoo exhibit, while the female giraffe calf has joined the other Nubian giraffes in the mixed ...  >>MORE

UAE gives US$6.4m for endangered species

Posted on 09/10/2013

Some have white beards, some brightly coloured feathers, and some even have dorsal fins – but all are recipients of the UAE's generosity. Endangered species received a US$6.4 million boost from the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund last year. The fund provided grants to 216 projects run by foundations, academic and research institutions, community groups and people in 77 countries. Among the species helped out was the Bornean white-bearded gibbon, which will benefit from a $36,880 ...  >>MORE

Zoo offers coffee with flamingos

Posted on 02/10/2013

Fancy watching flamingos while you sit back and enjoy a coffee? Al Ain Zoo has announced several attractions after a two-month refurbishment, including a view of flamingos in a new cafe. Located at the main entrance, the recently opened Flamingo Cafe gives visitors the opportunity to unwind with a pristine view of the celebrated flamingo lake, a key attraction at the zoo. Guests at the Flamingo Cafe can indulge in authentic favourites and a wide variety of refreshments, taking in the scenic ...  >>MORE

Annual Houbara breeding programme breaks 40,000 barrier for the first time

Posted on 04/09/2013

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) announced yesterday that its ground-breaking captive breeding programme has celebrated passing another milestone in breeding the iconic Houbara bustard. The record number of 40,340 is a 31 per cent increase on the previous annual record set in 2012 and is the latest milestone in Abu Dhabi's impressive history in providing a sustainable future for a bird at the heart of Arabic culture and tradition. Since the breeding programme for ...  >>MORE

Houbara Conservation: Record number of birds set free to wild

Posted on 03/09/2013

As part of the strategy to prevent the population of Houbara from becoming extinct, the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) last year released a total of 5,855 Asian Houbara at sites across the Arabian Peninsula. The number of Houbaras released so far this year is 1,450 from IFHC's world-leading captive breeding programme at designated protected areas in Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen, complementing the record number of Houbara released as part of IFHC's well-established programme in ...  >>MORE

Baby Humboldt Penguin born at Dubai aquarium

Posted on 02/09/2013

Proud parents Rami and Circo welcomed a new baby into their family. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo has announced that a new baby Humboldt Penguin was recently born on site. A new campaign, ‘The Penguin Party', will put the spotlight on the world of penguins, while celebrating the new arrival until September 21. The penguin chick was born to Rami and Circo, who first made headlines parenting two penguin chicks at the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in 2011. The Humboldt Penguins, a ...  >>MORE

Dubai scientists successfully breed rare birds in chicken eggs

Posted on 29/08/2013

Scientists in Dubai have hatched an endangered desert bird with the help of a common chicken egg, in what they hope will be a major boost for conservation. The Central Veterinary Research Laboratory team has been successful in breeding houbara bustard chicks, a rare falconry prey that is in decline in the UAE. They believe the new implant system will "provide a tool to hatch damaged eggs, as well as soft-shelled eggs of endangered wild birds”, according to their research paper released this ...  >>MORE

Dubai wetlands gain international recognition

Posted on 27/08/2013

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary has received the stamp of approval from a British environmental education group. The sanctuary is the first wetland in the country to be recognised by Wetland Link International, based in Gloucestershire in England. "It is a matter of pride that it has recently been accepted as a member of WLI,” said Hamdan Al Shaer, director of the environment department at Dubai Municipality. Endorsed by the Ramsar Convention – the international treaty for the conservation of ...  >>MORE

EWS-WWF calls for greater environmental education ahead of school term

Posted on 26/08/2013

Children will soon be heading back to the classroom and the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with the World Wildlife Fund (EWS-WWF) is calling on schools and students to focus their attention on environmental education. In a bid to sustain youth's interest in the conservation of the Earth and help preserve natural heritage, the organisation is bringing its popular online environmental education programme - Be'ati Watani (My Environment, My Country) - back to the schoolroom for the ...  >>MORE

UAE conservation fund saves 185 species from extinction

Posted on 13/08/2013

Almost 200 endangered species benefited from grants worth Dh5.5 million from the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund in 2012. The fund supported 250 projects in 75 countries during the year, contributing to the survival of 185 endangered species - 101 of which are critically endangered - and 27 other species. Among the species the fund helped to preserve is Morocco's Bald Ibis, a bird classed as critically endangered. According to the fund's annual report, six Arab countries ...  >>MORE

Endangered hawksbill turtle nest hatches on Saadiyat Island

Posted on 06/08/2013

The Environmental Services team at Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC) has announced the successful hatching of the first Hawksbill turtle nest on Saadiyat Island for this year. Over 40 baby turtles emerged from the nest, which was located between the Saadiyat Public Beach and the Mote-Carlo Beach Club. Their hatching was observed by members of TDIC's environment team, security guards and members of the public, some of whom also assisted in guiding a few confused hatchlings. "We ...  >>MORE

EAD records the biggest breeding of flamingos at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve

Posted on 23/07/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) revealed that the Greater flamingo has successfully bred once again at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi. Around 200 chicks were born in the last six weeks - the highest number ever recorded since the species first returned to the Reserve to breed back in 2011 and experts say it is an indication of improved conditions for birds to breed. EAD recorded that the first chicks hatched on June 1, 2013 and by July 16, a total of 201 chicks were ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo launches project for sand cat conservation

Posted on 09/07/2013

Al Ain Zoo has teamed up with WildGenes Laboratory, a genetic laboratory at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), to use the laboratory's DNA expertise for a research project on the zoo's Arabian sand cat population. During the research the cats' blood samples will be used to extract their DNA and develop the genetic markers suitable for parentage testing and analysing genetic diversity, said a zoo spokesperson on Monday. These markers will help establish a captive breeding ...  >>MORE

Rare dragonfly species Urothemis thomasi found in UAE

Posted on 06/07/2013

An extremely rare species of dragonfly has been found for the first time in Wadi Wurayah National Park by Dr Jacky Judas, an expert in tropical ecology and a research consultant in the wadi, according to Fujairah Municipality. This species, which is new to the UAE, is a dragonfly called Urothemis thomasi. According to IUCN data, this endemic species, only previously been recorded in a few sites in Oman, has not been recorded anywhere since 1957 and was even thought to be extinct. Recent ...  >>MORE

Emirates Post hosts awareness campaign on endangered species in association with Dubai Customs

Posted on 27/06/2013

In an effort to support environment conservation programmes, the Emirates Post Group, in association with Dubai Customs, organised an awareness campaign on Endangered Species by sponsoring an information stand at the Central Post Office in Dubai. The stand was open for three days from June 25th to 27th from 8 am to 8 pm. Staff from Emirates Post Group and Dubai Customs was on hand to educate the public on Endangered Species, including the Brown Bear, the Hawksbill Sea Turtle, the Elephant, the ...  >>MORE

Endangered hawksbill sea turtles released into the sea

Posted on 11/06/2013

As a part of International World Oceans Day celebrations, a group of rehabilitated hawksbill sea turtles were returned to their natural habitat after being set free into the sea at the Mangrove Natural Reserve in Khor Kalba. Found by the public, both large and small types of hawksbill sea turtles were placed at the Sharjah Aquarium under a programme that has been protecting them for three years. Gulf News talked to the organisers of the event, the Sharjah Museum Department (SMD), about the ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo wins top social project award in GCC

Posted on 11/06/2013

A new Dh280 million museum and research centre at Al Ain Zoo has won an award for its contribution to sustainability. The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre has been named the UAE's Social Project of the Year by the Middle East Economic Digest (Meed), which rewards outstanding construction and infrastructure projects across the GCC region. The centre, near Jebel Hafeet, showcases Abu Dhabi's natural history through interactive displays and has a specialised library. It complements the work ...  >>MORE

Private zoo houses world’s threatened species

Posted on 02/06/2013

Imagine mingling with jaguars, extremely rare King cheetahs, bongos, and some of the world's endangered and critically endangered species right in your backyard. You may think you're somewhere in Africa, but this piece of paradise can be found right in Sharjah emirate. Al Bustan Zoological Centre is a 17-hectare privately owned zoo located on the road to Kalba that houses 856 animals of 101 species from around the world. About 90 per cent of the animal collection is endangered or critically ...  >>MORE

‘Protecting wildlife vital for our own survival’

Posted on 30/05/2013

Poaching, hunting, rampant local and global trade in animals and their body parts and human encroachment by way of commercial activity are among the major challenges that wildlife has to contend with. Wildlife's sorry state of affairs was detailed during a lecture delivered by well-known environmental expert, Abdulaziz Al Midfa, who has extensive experience in wildlife and conservation. The talk organised by Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), was the 150th such open-to-all lecture put ...  >>MORE

Rare Damani gazelle gives birth in Kalba

Posted on 28/05/2013

The Kalba-eco tourism project in the Sharjah s Eastern Region has witnessed the birth of the first endangered female Damani gazelles, the first group of which were released in the Al Hafiya natural reserve in Kalba by H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, in May 2012. The gazelles release in May marked the inauguration of the first phase of the Kalba Eco-tourism Project undertaken by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority ...  >>MORE

Four wolf cubs born at the Breeding Centre in Sharjah

Posted on 20/05/2013

The Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife, located in Sharjah Desert Park, witnessed the birth of four wolf cubs at the centre's division for Arab wolves. Viewed roaming around with their mother, the cubs were born in the late winter, early spring months where they were kept in a den until they were two months old. While wolf cubs are usually born weak, they are kept in a den for several weeks before they are gradually introduced to their environment. After a period of two months, ...  >>MORE

Conserving UAE’s wildlife

Posted on 19/05/2013

Abu Dhabi's environmental body is currently managing over 50,000 animals throughout the emirate, according to its recently released 2012 annual report. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) began collecting information about terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems, starting with the Western Region, in order to assess the health of land wildlife, effectiveness of environmental regulations, and highlight key areas for conservation. According to the report, EAD started animal health screening ...  >>MORE

Campaign to stop ivory tusk smuggling launched

Posted on 19/05/2013

Dubai: An environment campaign to enhance international efforts to combat the smuggling of elephant ivory tusks is under way by the Dubai Police General Command, represented at the General Administration of Airport Security and in cooperation with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Dubai. The English language daily 'Gulf News' said the police awareness campaign was launched at the Departure hall in Building-3 of Emirates Airlines in Dubai's International Airport and Transit ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo joins the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)

Posted on 16/05/2013

Al Ain Zoo has been accepted as a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), a position that reflects the zoo's success in meeting the highest international standards of animal care and being a major contributor to wildlife conservation. The decision was announced after representatives from EAZA conducted a series of inspections in all areas of the Zoo's operation, including animal health, animal welfare, safety and exhibit design. Al Ain Zoo's efforts regarding education, ...  >>MORE

UAE’s bid to save the Eastern Bongo from extinction

Posted on 15/05/2013

The UAE is poised to play a vital role in saving a rare African antelope from extinction through plans to establish a captive breeding programme in the region. The eastern or mountain bongo is classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It survives in just one isolated area in central Kenya. Fewer than 100 animals remain in the wild, and they are threatened by poaching and logging. Experts are holding talks about the proposed breeding ...  >>MORE

Baby boom at Al Ain Zoo

Posted on 09/05/2013

Al Ain Zoo and Wildlife Park has reported a "baby boom” with 72 antelopes and gazelles born until March, said a park official. This is 61 per cent higher than the monthly average births in 2012, when a total of 179 antelopes were born at the zoo. Since January this year, 124 animals were born within the facility (five primates, 72 antelopes, nine birds, and 37 other species. A total of 239 births were recorded in 2012 at the zoo, including a zebra and a giraffe. "We usually prefer no ...  >>MORE

Two Arabian tahrs born at desert park

Posted on 30/04/2013

The Desert Park of the Environment and Natural Reserves in Sharjah (DPENRS) had recently seen the birth of two Arabian tahrs (Arabitragus Jayakari), a male and a female. According to a senior official, the rare animals were usually born at the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife at the park at the beginning of spring after 170 days of pregnancy. Chairman of the desert park Hana Saif Al Suwaidi said that the male tahr was 1.3kg when born while the female was 1.9kg. "Now, we have ...  >>MORE

New Dubai Zoo: ready to open next year

Posted on 23/04/2013

The construction work of new Dubai Zoo, now called as Dubai Safari, is going according to plan and will be completed by the end of 2014, officials at the Dubai Municipality said. The Dh150 million park project is right on track and has completed its first phase of construction and, as scheduled, will be completed by the end of 2014, said Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality. "Within two weeks, we will start carrying out the works for the infrastructure and work on the ...  >>MORE

Conservation Month' Campaign Launched to Promote Al Ain Zoo's Conservation Efforts

Posted on 10/04/2013

As part of its commitment to conserve arid land species, Al Ain Zoo announced the launch of a month-long campaign to raise awareness about saving threatened and endangered species. Until 30th April 2013, families and friends alike are encouraged to visit the zoo and experience the zoo's various exhibits, many of which house endangered species, which in turn increases awareness about conservation efforts. Conservation Month highlights that further to offering visitors the opportunity to ...  >>MORE

Progress on Khour Dubai's nomination to UNESCO's heritage list viewed

Posted on 31/03/2013

Progress on efforts to put Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek) on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO's World Heritage list yesterday was viewed by Infrastructure and Environment Committee at the Dubai Executive Council. The meeting held Al Ahmadiya Heritage House was chaired by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD '&' CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), to express support to the national heritage and to eventually enhance Dubai's competitiveness as a ...  >>MORE

Animals released to natural habitat

Posted on 31/03/2013

A sand snake, two foxes and a white-tailed mongoose are among creatures recently released to their natural habitat after they were captured and handed over to the Dubai Zoo. The Dubai Zoo sends back some of the indigenous animals to the natural environment be that in the desert, hills or coastal areas, said Dr. Reza khan, Specialist, Wildlife and Zoo Management, Public Parks and Horticulture Department of Dubai Municipality. "Recently a Dubai resident found an indigenous snake, Hissing Sand ...  >>MORE

Making a beeline for birds’ nests

Posted on 25/03/2013

The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary of Dubai Municipality has geared up to receive tourists and students to take a closer look at the nesting season of some migrating birds, which started in the winter. Many birds use the sanctuary and neighbouring areas as a station to rest on their way to the next destination, according to Dr Mohammad Ali Reza Khan, specialist, Wildlife and Zoo Management, Public Parks and Horticulture Department of Dubai Municipality. "Apart from the usual activities of ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo launching wildlife safaris

Posted on 14/03/2013

Wildlife safaris are returning to Al Ain Zoo this spring and the organisers aim to spur children's interest in the protection of wildlife and nature with such programmes. Organised by the Education Centre, the first safari session will take place from March 31 to April 4, with a second being held from April 7 to 11, according to an announcement by the zoo on Wednesday. Participants in the wildlife safaris will enjoy a wide range of fun and interactive educational activities including meeting ...  >>MORE

Park breeds Arabian Tahr

Posted on 05/03/2013

The Desert Park of the Environment and Natural Reserves in Sharjah (DPENRS) on Monday unveiled the first successfully bred Arabian tahr (Arabitragus jayakari) in the Middle East. Arabian tahr is a medium sized, goat-like ungulate. It is the smallest species of tahr, native to Arabia, widely known for its stocky built with backward-arching horns in both sexes. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, chairman, DPENRS, told Khaleej Times that the move is an exceptional achievement. "To breed a new Arabian tahr, ...  >>MORE

Safari experience awaits Dubai Zoo denizens

Posted on 01/03/2013

More than 1,000 animals and birds of Dubai Zoo will get a new home soon as the first phase of the eagerly awaited Dubai Safari will be ready by the end of March, Dubai Municipality (DM) has announced. The civic authority has revealed that 80 per cent of the levelling, internal roads and parking works in the project have been completed, with the rest expected to be ready by the end of the first quarter. The Dh150-million project, spanning a total area of 400 hectares, is located in Al Warqa 5 ...  >>MORE

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Al Ain Zoo to offer free entry for all on 19th - 20th December


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi welcomes 40 Arabian Oryx from USA


Al Ain Zoo celebrates Arabian month


Al Ain Zoo participates in World Travel Market Exhibition in London


Al Ain Zoo emerges as family favourite for Eid Al Adha Holiday


Al Ain Zoo programmes set to thrill this Eid


See Al Ain Zoo's newborn hippo, giraffe this Eid


UAE gives US$6.4m for endangered species


Zoo offers coffee with flamingos


Annual Houbara breeding programme breaks 40,000 barrier for the first time


Houbara Conservation: Record number of birds set free to wild


Baby Humboldt Penguin born at Dubai aquarium


Dubai scientists successfully breed rare birds in chicken eggs


Dubai wetlands gain international recognition


EWS-WWF calls for greater environmental education ahead of school term


UAE conservation fund saves 185 species from extinction


Endangered hawksbill turtle nest hatches on Saadiyat Island


EAD records the biggest breeding of flamingos at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve


Al Ain Zoo launches project for sand cat conservation


Rare dragonfly species Urothemis thomasi found in UAE


Emirates Post hosts awareness campaign on endangered species in association with Dubai Customs


Endangered hawksbill sea turtles released into the sea


Al Ain Zoo wins top social project award in GCC


Private zoo houses world’s threatened species


‘Protecting wildlife vital for our own survival’


Rare Damani gazelle gives birth in Kalba


Four wolf cubs born at the Breeding Centre in Sharjah


Conserving UAE’s wildlife


Campaign to stop ivory tusk smuggling launched


Al Ain Zoo joins the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)


UAE’s bid to save the Eastern Bongo from extinction


Baby boom at Al Ain Zoo


Two Arabian tahrs born at desert park


New Dubai Zoo: ready to open next year


Conservation Month' Campaign Launched to Promote Al Ain Zoo's Conservation Efforts


Progress on Khour Dubai's nomination to UNESCO's heritage list viewed


Animals released to natural habitat


Making a beeline for birds’ nests


Al Ain Zoo launching wildlife safaris


Park breeds Arabian Tahr


Safari experience awaits Dubai Zoo denizens