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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 explore a diverse collection of almost 4,000 animals, Al Ain Zoo is also an active player in efforts to prevent the extinction of many of these same animals. Locally, in partnership with the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi the zoo has re-introduced zoo-born Arabian Oryx back into the wild, developed a research and conservation project for the Arabian Sand Cat, and breeding programs for the Addax.
On a wider scale, Al Ain Zoo has led the establishment of the Arabian Zoo and Aquarium Association, an initiative that joins regional zoos together to preserve native species and work together on their long term conservation.
Commenting on this campaign, Muna Al Dhaheri, Acting Chief Conservation '&' Education at Al Ain Zoo said: "Al Ain Zoo has long been committed to wildlife preservation and is part of numerous partnerships and programmes - both in the UAE and overseas - in this sphere, and our aim is to enlighten the public and encourage them to share this important commitment.
Conservation Month will involve visitors in this global cause, where discovering our exciting animal exhibits and experiences also contributes and supports our mission to preserve the right of these animals to live freely in the wild."
Al Ain Zoo is a member of the World Association for Zoo and Aquaria (WAZA) and is actively involved in several internationally coordinated conservation projects, working with other like-minded organisations such as Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, the Species Survival Commission, San Diego Zoo, the Northern Rangelands Trust of Kenya and the Sahara Conservation Fund to conserve and re-introduce threatened arid land species such as Arabian Oryx and Scimitar-horned Oryx to their natural habitat .
The zoo is open daily from 9am to 8pm.