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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - WILDLIFE

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

Captive breeding announced

Posted on 17/02/2013

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) announced on Thursday the hatching of its first captive-bred Asian Houbara chick of the season. The chick was hatched on Feb.6 at the National Avian Research Centre in Sweihan. It is the first of an expected 12,000 Asian Houbara to be produced this year as part of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Houbara Reintroduction Project, which breeds and releases Asian Houbara into the wild to restore sustainable wild populations in the UAE. – The Gulf ...  >>MORE

Al Tamimi Stables welcomes you to an Animal Kingdom

Posted on 31/01/2013

Rabbits to reindeer, goats to gazelles, ostriches to oryxes, these are just some of the cute and exotic animals you can see and pet at the newly-opened multi-activity venue Al Tamimi Stables (ATS). Originally a private farm, the Sharjah facility this year hopes to attract UAE nationals, residents, visitors and schools to come down for a day of fun sport and adventure, and with 30 acres of land to enjoy, they're more than ready to cater to the masses. Here is where over 500 animals call home; ...  >>MORE

Emirati with a passion to keep UAE's rare bird alive

Posted on 28/01/2013

As he navigates his 4x4 vehicle expertly through the sea of white sand dunes in a protected area to which few get access, Hamad Al Reisi's days as a post-office clerk are far behind him. "It was not a bad job, but it was not my thing," says the 25-year-old Emirati. That was his life until five years ago, when he heard about the work of the National Avian Research Centre in his hometown of Sweihan. The facility is one of several in the UAE and abroad supported by the International Fund for ...  >>MORE

Rare cormorant to be subject of UAE study

Posted on 07/01/2013

The Socotra cormorant, a rare bird that nests in large numbers on offshore islands in the UAE, is to be the subject of a study by the Ministry of Environment and Water. The study is being carried by scientists from UAE University at a cost of Dh500,000. It is already in its first month and will be completed in the beginning of 2014. It will focus on the feeding patterns of the rare birds, which are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The breeding ...  >>MORE

EWS-WWF to develop National Park

Posted on 06/01/2013

In a significant and positive step towards the further protection of Wadi Wurayah Mountain Protected Area, an official agreement appointing Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF (EWS-WWF) to develop and implement the management plan for a National Park of international standards and high quality was inked on Saturday. The Government of Fujairah, represented by Mohammed Al Afkham, and EWS-WWF, represented by Ida Tillisch, signed the agreement, the implementation of which will be done in close ...  >>MORE

Over 300,000 visit Sharjah Desert Park

Posted on 31/12/2012

The Desert Park of the Environment and Natural Reserves in Sharjah had attracted around 300,000 visitors in 2012. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairman of the Environment and Natural Reserves in Sharjah, said the visitors included some 195,000 at the Arabian Peninsula Animals Centre, and about 73,000 at the Natural History and Botanical Museums and 96,000 visitors at the Children's Farm. Al Suwaidi attributed the big number of visitors to the diverse workshops and activities the Desert Park ...  >>MORE

Migratory birds visit Gulf shores for food and comfort in winter

Posted on 24/12/2012

The seagulls and other migrating wild birds are here again, a unique once in a year phenomenon. They come to the UAE shores at the start of winter. The Middle East winter is the most sought-after season for migrating wild birds from the Siberian and Mediterranean regions. Thousands of migrating birds start arriving from the acute chill of the frozen seas to comparatively warmer waters of the Arabian Gulf seeking food and comfort. However, in recent years the number of migrating birds has ...  >>MORE

Environemnt Agency - Abu Dhabi is committed to saving birds of prey

Posted on 16/12/2012

A number of urban development projects in Abu Dhabi have been rejected or relocated in the past couple of years in order to save the shrinking habitat of birds of prey. According to the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), there are 44 species of birds of prey in the UAE, 38 of which are migratory raptors with different types of owls making up the other six, and their protection is taken seriously. "Urban and industrial projects are the biggest threats to bird species and habitat ...  >>MORE

Dubai Zoo new facility to be bigger and better

Posted on 07/12/2012

The Dubai Zoo is a subject that has seen many residents asking what has taken it so long to find the animals a new home. And though there may be some skepticism surrounding the new Dubai Safari facility planned, as announced in May this year, Essa Al Maidour, Deputy General Manager of the Dubai Municipality's Engineering and Planning Department, says the project is important for the emirate and that they are committed to ensuring it is the best it can be. He said: "Zoos are an essential ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo hosts first Zoo and aquarium meeting to be held in the Arab region

Posted on 06/12/2012

Al Ain Zoo will host on 11, 12 and 13 December, the first regional zoo and aquarium meeting to be held in Arabia. The meeting aims to discuss possible collaborations on initiatives associated with: raising standards associated with animal husbandry and welfare; joint research initiatives; breeding; education; conservation projects; and, funding opportunities. Delegates from several Arab countries, including UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt and Oman, will be attending the meeting, ...  >>MORE

Release of flamingos and cormorants

Posted on 29/11/2012

In a bid to protect natural wildlife from ongoing development projects that affect the country's environment, the municipality yesterday released 16 Greater Flamingos and 50 Socotra Ccrmorants into Dubai Creek Park. "We started breeding them in 2006 and it was a challenge because we had a small zoo, but through our techniques, the birds became familiar with the environment and we were able to overcome the difficulty of breeding them in captivity,” said Ahmad Abdul Kareem, head of Public Parks ...  >>MORE

Thousands throng Sharjah desert park

Posted on 05/11/2012

The Desert Park of the Environment and Natural Reserves in Sharjah attracted thousands of visitors during the Eid Al Adha holidays. The Arabian Peninsula Animals Centre, the Children's Farm, and Natural History and Botanical Museums saw people crowding in to watch the animals and birds. According to the most recent statistics released this year, as many as 203,882 people — old and young, men and women, tourists and locals alike — have visited the park from January to June this year. Hana ...  >>MORE

Mongoose mayhem on Ras Al Khaimah farm

Posted on 10/10/2012

An Emirati teacher in Ras Al Khaimah had the surprise of his life when he found and captured a wild animal on his farm after it had attacked chicken and sheep. The teacher, Adel Abd Allah Naqi, caught a mongoose and trapped it in a cage hoping that a local zoo would adopt it. After contacting some zoos, they asked him to either deliver the animal himself or set it free. However, as the mongoose is an untamed animal, the process of delivery would be tough and dangerous for Naqi. If set free, it ...  >>MORE

40 years on, wild Oryx back from the brink in the UAE

Posted on 30/09/2012

Forty years after the Arabian Oryx became extinct in the wild, the species is again roaming freely in the emirate's deserts after they were released by the Royals. Wildlife enthusiast Ajmal Hasan has seen Oryx on a number of occasions, and on Saturday he photographed some of the animals behind the Bab Al Shams desert resort. Dr Reza Khan, Dubai Municipality's wildlife and zoo specialist, said he had seen many herds in the same area, some with as many as 50 animals. "The Rulers have bred ...  >>MORE

Leopard cub born in Sharjah

Posted on 18/09/2012

A leopard gave birth to a female cub at the Breeding Centre in Sharjah recently. According to Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Natural Reserves in Sharjah, this cub is genetically important as she is the first female cub that is not from the Omani line. "The Breeding Centre is currently home to 30 Arabian leopards of which 25 were born here,” she said. Leopards are shy solitary animals that only come together to mate. "They are mainly nocturnal, hunting usually at ...  >>MORE

Spreading the word of houbara conservation

Posted on 16/09/2012

One year ago, dozens of falconers from the Gulf have been asked about their knowledge of the houbara bustard and the threats of over-hunting. The survey showed that while a large majority of falconers are aware of what sustainable hunting means (65 per cent) just as many (66 per cent) believe the numbers of the endangered bird in the wild are still declining and that poaching and unregulated hunting are by far the main reasons for this decline (cited by 58 per cent of respondents). The survey ...  >>MORE

IFHC sets new record, produces 13000 Asian Houbara bustards in 2012

Posted on 09/09/2012

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation ( (IFHC) has announced that its two breeding centers in Abu Dhabi produced around 13,000 Asian Houbara bustard in Abu Dhabi in 2012, a new record number which takes the total number of the bird produced by the Fund's captive-breeding facilities since the launch of the breeding program in 1996 to more than 120,000 birds. "Captive-breeding and releasing the Houbara bustard is part of the strategy put in place by President His Highness Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Get lost in nature with a tour of Abu Dhabi's mangroves

Posted on 30/08/2012

Down a small dirt track, just off the main road, is where you will find Abu Dhabi's best kept secret – the wild mangroves. Home to fish, herons, blue swimmer crabs and, on occasion, turtles, they are teeming with life. The mangroves are also one of the most interesting parts in the city where people can relax with nature, even during the hot summer months. "On some trips we have even seen dolphins and stingrays," said 28-year-old Dennis Perez, a tour guide with local adventures company ...  >>MORE

Nature reserve names new centre after UAE conservationist

Posted on 20/08/2012

A leading UAE conservationist who passed away last year is to be commemorated by a major new visitors' building at one of Britain's top nature reserves. The Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, announced last week, will be built at Cley, on the coast of Norfolk in eastern England, by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Founded 85 years ago, the Trust is the oldest such body in Britain, in charge of more than 50 nature reserves covering 4,000 hectares. The Cley Marshes reserve is among the ...  >>MORE

Dubai effort to breed endangered ibis bears fruit

Posted on 20/08/2012

A bird species that has been around for at least 1.8 million years is teetering on the brink of extinction, but a private wildlife park in the city is holding out a lifeline that might ensure the birds' survival. The northern bald ibis is being bred on a man-made cliff at the Sheikh Butti bin Juma Al Maktoum Wildlife Centre in Dubai. The species was once common across the Middle East, North Africa and much of Europe, and fossils have been found that date back 1.8 million years. However ...  >>MORE

The Greater Flamingo breeds again at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve

Posted on 14/08/2012

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) revealed yesterday that the Greater flamingo has successfully bred once again at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi. Flamingos first bred in this area in 1998 and then again a decade later. Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, which lies about 45 minutes' drive from Abu Dhabi city, was declared protected by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1998 after it was created by an accidental discharge of over-capacity treated sewage water from Al ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo to open hippo exhibit during Eid

Posted on 14/08/2012

The Al Ain Zoo will welcome visitors this Eid with a new hippopotamus exhibit. Five hippos have settled into their new home — an open area with a natural-looking landscape, plants and a pool — which mimics their natural habitat. With hippos among the world's heaviest terrestrial animals, the new enclosure is sure to provide an exciting new experience for visitors to the zoo. Muna Al Daheri, acting director of life science and education at Al Ain Zoo, said: "We are pleased to offer a new ...  >>MORE

Wildlife centres in UAE toast births of cheetahs

Posted on 29/07/2012

Seven cheetahs have been born this year as part of a captive breeding programme that aims to eventually release the animals into the African wilderness. The youngest cub was delivered a month ago at Sheikh Butti bin Juma Al Maktoum Wildlife Centre in Dubai, and is being hand-reared by the manager, Alan Stephenson, at his home. Another privately owned park participating in the scheme, Dubai's Wadi Al Safa Wildlife Centre, has just sent two cheetahs to Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar, ...  >>MORE

New website makes voice of Houbara stronger

Posted on 19/07/2012

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) yesterday announced the launch of its new website in Arabic, English and Russian with a French version to follow in the future. It is the first website to reflect the global presence of this threatened bird. The launch comes as part of IFHC's strategy in stepping up Abu Dhabi Government's efforts to conserve the Houbara bustard all over the world. Mohammed Saleh Al Baidani, Director General IFHC, said: "As one of the major conservation ...  >>MORE

Courtesy Breeding Centre Sharjah

Posted on 28/06/2012

A study of the UAE east coast's only remaining natural mangrove area will be used in decisions on what tourism development will take place there. Khor Kalba, in an enclave along the Indian Ocean that belongs to Sharjah, is one of the country's most important bird areas and conservationists have long called for its protection. An announcement this spring that the area will be a nature reserve was welcomed but many were worried at the effects of tourism development. While combining nature ...  >>MORE

Houbaras from Morocco find a safe home in the UAE

Posted on 05/06/2012

A rare and precious cargo flown in recently by a UAE Air force cargo plane will complement an on-going conservation programme which helps with the greening UAE's deserts and enhances food security. The Air Force C-17 plane transported birds listed as endangered and which played a significant role in the history and culture of the country. The Abu Dhabi based International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) transferred 5,270 Asian Houbara bustards from Morocco to Abu Dhabi. All of them ...  >>MORE

Living in harmony with nature through houbara breeding programme

Posted on 05/06/2012

Houbara bustards, large-bodied birds with long legs and a slender neck, have been an integral part of traditional Emirati life. So the UAE started a conservation programme for Houbaras way back in 1977. Houbara captive-breeding programme which began in Al Ain Zoo in 1977 was one of the initiatives of the late Sheikh Zayed for the sustainable conservation of wildlife. Sheikh Zayed realised, right from the beginning, the challenge that rapid development and urbanisation posed to the UAE's ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo launches evening visiting hours

Posted on 28/05/2012

With the weather getting tough in the daytime, Al Ain Zoo has launched evening hours to enable visitors to experience the night-time zoo in cooler conditions. The change in operating hours will start from June 1 and the night time zoo will be available to visitor between 4pm to 10pm up to September 30, said a spokesperson of the zoo. It will offer the visitors opportunity to watch animals enjoying the cooler evenings as they would naturally in the wild, after resting during the heat of ...  >>MORE

A virtual Al Ain Zoo Twitter tour through the eyes of vet Majid

Posted on 27/05/2012

In an hour round of tweets a key vet of Al Ain Zoo took the hot seat to answer all kinds of questions from twitter users yesterday in what was called the first tweet up of this zoo. Between 6 to 7 pm, the Emirati Majid Al Qasimi dedicated his social media attention to answer questions about the newborn baby Rhino, the summer heat and about keeping exotic animals as a pet. Tweeters were updated on the latest animal news, such as the addition of two new Kori Bustards, which he told is the ...  >>MORE

Emirates Wildlife Society gives five schools the green flag

Posted on 22/05/2012

Five schools have been awarded Green Flag status by the Emirates Wildlife Society's Eco-Schools programme. Thirty schools across the country signed up for the Eco-Schools Climate Initiative, which involved pupils coming up with innovative ideas to reduce electricity and water use. Emirates Wildlife Society teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund and HSBC bank to run the programme, which operates in 52 countries and has been running in the UAE since 2010. Those awarded Green Flag status achieved ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo aviary gets two new exotic residents

Posted on 21/05/2012

Al Ain Zoo had added two Kori Bustards, a bird from eastern and southern Africa, to enhance its collection more than 300 birds from 25 different species. The Kori Bustard is a large bird with mottled greyish-buff colouration, dark brown vermiculation, and a distinct white stripe over each eye. This terrestrial bird hails from Eastern and Southern Africa where it roams across open grasslands and wooded savannahs. Majid Al Qasimi, Assistant Associate Veterinarian at Al Ain Zoo, said the ...  >>MORE

Golf club gets award for its green attitude

Posted on 15/05/2012

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club has been rated above par by an environmental organisation for encouraging wildlife to the area. The course on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi was awarded certification from US based Audubon International after showing evidence that it was carrying out activities to protect and encourage natural wildlife and habitation. The Club's director of agronomy, Marcus Hartup, said: "Over the past two years we have seen an increase in migrating birds as well as a noted increase in ...  >>MORE

Dubai Safari to cover 400 hectares

Posted on 14/05/2012

Dubai Zoo animals will finally get a new home by the end of next year as Dubai Municipality starts work on the 400-hectare ‘Dubai Safari' in the Al Warqa area on Aweer Road. Dubai Safari will be home to more than 1,000 animals cramped in the existing zoo in Jumeirah along with many more that will be brought from zoos in other countries. "We have already started ground levelling work in the area and the project will be completed in about a year and a half," said Hussain Nasser Lootah, ...  >>MORE

Spotlight on rare species as endangered Tahr snapped

Posted on 17/04/2012

Scientists from the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) have snapped the goat-like Arabian Tahr as part of an assessment of endangered species at the Jebel Hafeet nature reserve. The EAD team stationed a camera up the mountain to photograph any animal that passed. The camera uses an infra-red flash that doesn't startle the animal and managed to capture a photo of the Tahr looking into the camera (pictured). Jebel Hafeet, the only mountain in Abu Dhabi, is home to some of the world's most ...  >>MORE

Flamingos in the pink at Ras Al Khor

Posted on 16/04/2012

When it comes to feeding the birds, a couple of slices of stale bread torn into pieces just won't do if there are several thousand greater flamingos to deal with. The colony at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is fed twice a day - at 9am and 4pm - with specially produced, cereal-based pellets that contain added vitamins and nutrients. Two hundred kilograms of this is scattered into the water at four locations daily to supplement the food the birds find for themselves, which includes ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo celebrates birth of newborn Scimitar-horned Oryx and Addax

Posted on 05/04/2012

Al Ain Zoo is celebrating the recent birth of a Scimitar-horned Oryx and an Addax, both born last week, as part of the zoo's commitment to the conservation of arid land species. Inhabiting isolated regions in the Sahara, the Addax is well adapted to its stony desert habitat. Addax are considered critically endangered due to a severe population decline. Illegal hunting for meat and skins and the fragmentation and development of their habitat for agriculture, has pushed this species towards ...  >>MORE

EAD launches new guide to Birds of the UAE

Posted on 01/04/2012

The "Birds of the United Arab Emirates" was launched by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) yesterday at the 22nd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. By publishing this guide, EAD aims to make information about birds and bird watching accessible to the general public. The United Arab Emirates in general and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular are blessed with rich bird life. The vast stretches of the coastal mudflats, numerous ...  >>MORE

TDIC and EAD move Oryx back to their natural habitat

Posted on 29/03/2012

Tourism and Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of Desert Islands and Qasr Al Sarab, and Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) have taken 15 female Arabian Oryx from EAD's breeding centre and moved them into an open enclosure in the Liwa Desert surrounding Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. A further 5 male Oryx will be moved to the enclosure in due course. The Oryx will remain there for a year before being released back into the wild. The translocation of these ...  >>MORE

Saker Falcon Task Force meets in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/03/2012

The UNEP/CMS Office -Abu Dhabi holds the inaugural meeting of the Saker Falcon Task Force in Abu Dhabi on 29 March 2012. It is expected to welcome almost 30 participants from 18 different countries, including Government officials and representatives from international and non-Governmental organisations. The meeting will be hosted by the Interim Coordinating Unit (ICU) of the UNEP/CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU). ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo celebrates birth of five Arabian Sand Gazelles

Posted on 22/03/2012

Al Ain Zoo is now embracing newly born five Arabian Sand Gazelles, known as Arabian Goitered Gazelle, which were born on March 18 under the auspices and supervision of the Veterinary Department in the zoo. Three of them are males, while two are females. The Arabian Sand Gazelles live only in the Arabian Peninsula. The numbers of this species decline due to the illegal hunting, expansion of agriculture, competition for food with livestock and fragmentation of habitat due to development ...  >>MORE

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Safari experience awaits Dubai Zoo denizens


Captive breeding announced


Al Tamimi Stables welcomes you to an Animal Kingdom


Emirati with a passion to keep UAE's rare bird alive


Rare cormorant to be subject of UAE study


EWS-WWF to develop National Park


Over 300,000 visit Sharjah Desert Park


Migratory birds visit Gulf shores for food and comfort in winter


Environemnt Agency - Abu Dhabi is committed to saving birds of prey


Dubai Zoo new facility to be bigger and better


Al Ain Zoo hosts first Zoo and aquarium meeting to be held in the Arab region


Release of flamingos and cormorants


Thousands throng Sharjah desert park


Mongoose mayhem on Ras Al Khaimah farm


40 years on, wild Oryx back from the brink in the UAE


Leopard cub born in Sharjah


Spreading the word of houbara conservation


IFHC sets new record, produces 13000 Asian Houbara bustards in 2012


Get lost in nature with a tour of Abu Dhabi's mangroves


Nature reserve names new centre after UAE conservationist


Dubai effort to breed endangered ibis bears fruit


The Greater Flamingo breeds again at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve


Al Ain Zoo to open hippo exhibit during Eid


Wildlife centres in UAE toast births of cheetahs


New website makes voice of Houbara stronger


Courtesy Breeding Centre Sharjah


Houbaras from Morocco find a safe home in the UAE


Living in harmony with nature through houbara breeding programme


Al Ain Zoo launches evening visiting hours


A virtual Al Ain Zoo Twitter tour through the eyes of vet Majid


Emirates Wildlife Society gives five schools the green flag


Al Ain Zoo aviary gets two new exotic residents


Golf club gets award for its green attitude


Dubai Safari to cover 400 hectares


Spotlight on rare species as endangered Tahr snapped


Flamingos in the pink at Ras Al Khor


Al Ain Zoo celebrates birth of newborn Scimitar-horned Oryx and Addax


EAD launches new guide to Birds of the UAE


TDIC and EAD move Oryx back to their natural habitat


Saker Falcon Task Force meets in Abu Dhabi


Al Ain Zoo celebrates birth of five Arabian Sand Gazelles