Wed 05-10-2022 12:56 PM
AL AIN, 5th October(WAM) – World Animal Day is celebrated every year on 4th October, and this year Al Ain Zoo reinforces its efforts to conserve wildlife and preserve their natural habitat, based on the best local and global standards.
Al Ain Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals, approximately 30% of which are considered endangered species. The Zoo has worked on preserving these animals and spreading awareness by educating the public, especially the younger generation, on proper protection of all creatures.
The zoo sets an example as a role model in delivering the World Animal Day message of wildlife conservation and championing their survival on the planet by addressing the dangers of animal extinction, exploitation and trafficking.
Since its establishment, the Zoo has become a local and global supporter of wildlife conservation and gene preservation, breeding and caring for high-risk endangered species such as the Damagazelle, (Addax), the Arabian Sand Cat, the Arabian Leopard, Scimitar-horned oryx and the Arabian tahr. Some of these animals are on the verge of extinction and some have already become extinct in the wild due to destructive human practices such as illegal animal trade, urban encroachment on habitat and overfishing.
The Zoo has put into practice several environmental initiatives, events and conferences and adopts modern technological systems, exploratory education, veterinary training, and interactive youth training. The Zoo also continuously adopts global programs and implements joint efforts such as partnerships, local and international zoological society memberships, participation in several breeding programs, exchange of expertise and knowledge, and providing data to concerned entities through ZIMS, a zoo aquarium animal management software, one of the best and most reliable global resources for information on animals.
Esraa Esmail/ Neama Ameri/ Rola AlGhoul