What you need to know about the World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day
Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration

Celebrated every year on the 03rd March the United Nations advocated the support of animals and plants. The UN general assembly reaffirmed the value of wildlife and its various undeniable benefits to our environment. 03rd March is important to us as an event to raise awareness of the extraordinary variety of wildlife and marine life we have today.

This year the theme of world wildlife day is” Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration”

Sea Turtle

In the UAE, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has signed an official agreement with the National Aquarium. The largest aquarium in the Middle East. This is to help create the largest and one of the most innovative rehabilitation schemes of its kind to protect and rehabilitate wildlife in the capital.

Both parties will be working closely together to conserve wildlife, specifically wild sea turtles. This will be rehabilitated within the National Aquarium.

The National Aquarium is going to provide full veterinary treatment support and in-house care and animal husbandry expertise. The National Aquarium will also collaborate with EAD for satellite tagging and services when required.

Wild sea turtles are among the most highly migratory animals on the planet. Their numbers are a great reflection of the condition of marine environments.

Of the seven species of marine turtles in the world, two occur in Abu Dhabi’s waters: the Critically Endangered Hawksbill turtle and the Endangered Green turtle.

Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

Each animal will have a tailored rehabilitation program. This rescue program will go the extra mile to increase its success by doing a pre-release within the aquarium facilities into the UAE’s Natural Treasures Lagoon.

The public will have a unique opportunity to visit the animals during their pre-release phase. They will learn about the animals and understand more about the challenges these creatures encounter in the wild.

The public will learn how we, as humans, can reduce the negative impacts of our behavior on their natural environments. The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) launched a large and diverse group of previously rescued turtles back into Abu Dhabi’s waters for them to return to their natural habitats.

The released group came from a batch of 150 turtles that the EAD is currently rehabilitating at the National Aquarium. The National Aquarium alongside the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi will continue its mission to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release native wildlife in the Abu Dhabi Emirate as we aim to ensure a world of natural treasures for future generations.


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