ARABIAN ORYXES AND THE UAE

The Arabian Oryx is the national animal of the UAE and in Arabic it is called Al Maha. It’s also a UAE currency symbol on the observe of the 50 dirham note. For many many years, these creatures were considered extinct in the wild, but thanks to the amazing protection efforts from the UAE they were brought back into the wild. In today’s post I share the story of Arabian Oryx’s and the United Arab Emirates. You ready, let’s get started!

SHEIKH ZAYED’S PRESERVATION EFFORTS

The Arabian Oryx was on the verge of extinction so the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan realised that the species will face numerous dangers as a result of the rapid use of modern technologies and urban development at the time.

 “We contributed to the protection of antelope from extinction. When we planted millions of trees and spread the greenery throughout our country, we provided a suitable environment to the birds and animals that used to live here for thousands of years and for millions of immigrant birds. In spite of all what have been achieved, still there is much to be done”.

SHEIKH ZAYED BIN SULTAN AL NAHYAN

In 1968, Sheikh Zayed ordered the establishment of a captive breeding programme for the endangered Arabian Oryx in Al Ain. Ensuing two males and two females were transferred from Al Ain to Sir Bani Yas Island. This amazing programme led to a plethora of Arabian Oryx release programmes inside and outside of the UAE.

When I was at the Al Maha Desert Area I got to see lots of Arabian Oryx. They are so beautiful when you get to see them in person. Beautiful animals like these should be preserved.

HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS THAT I TOOK OF THE ARABIAN ORYX AT THE AL MAHA DESERT AREA:

HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARABIAN ORYX IN PERSON IN THE UAE OR ANY OTHER COUNTRIES? 

MAYA

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Hi I am Maya, from the blog Maya's Life and Travels. I joined the world of blogging in December 2020 and I am a lifestyle, travel, beauty and fashion blogger.

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