With more than 4,000 animals, Al Ain Zoo continues to triumph in wildlife conservation

Al Ain Zoo
Al Ain Zoo has been breeding and providing care to endangered species

Al Ain Zoo has been a leading institution in preserving breeding and providing the best care possible. They have made many achievements in the field of wildlife preservation over 50 years. Al Ain Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals and endangered species.

The Zoo has made outstanding contributions to breeding and multiplying numbers of Arabian Oryx and Sand Cats. There are 287 Arabian Oryx and 36 Sand Cats homed within the Zoo’s spacious enclosures.

The zoo also conducts extensive research into migrating birds and rare butterfly species among other endangered species. In order to identify the best ways to breed them, understand more about them biologically, and recognize their habitat needs.

In addition, Al Ain Zoo has taken part in formulating the species conservation strategy for the African Dama Gazelle (2019-2028 ), to reduce the the risk of its extinction after it featured on the IUCN red list as an extremely endangered species.  The Zoo now houses about 180 Dama Gazelles from two different species, the Addra and the Mhorr.

The Zoo is also determined to contribute to preserving the local and wild plants of the region and rare plant species in general. This is in an effort to maintain the health of the ecosystem.  They now has a seed bank containing over 40 types of different seeds harvested from the plants within the Zoo, most notably the Nannorrhops (dwarf palm tree).

It is one of the most endangered local species and one which the Zoo has been able to save and multiply even though it is a slow-growing plant that takes several months to germinate.

Al Ain Zoo also focuses on educating the general public on the importance of wildlife, biodiversity and nature conservation.


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