Al Ain: Al Ain Zoo showcased its commitment to nature conservation and wildlife preservation by organizing a special event at the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre on the occasion of World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5th. The event highlighted the zoo’s notable achievements and aimed to raise awareness about the importance of environmental protection.
One of the key accomplishments of Al Ain Zoo is the establishment of its first natural reserve dedicated to the protection and breeding of the Arabian Oryx. This initiative underscores the zoo’s dedication to safeguarding endangered species. Furthermore, the zoo has implemented various programs such as the Arabian Sand Cat Breeding program and the publication of the Dama Gazelle Conservation Strategy.
In line with its mission to promote environmental awareness and nature preservation, the zoo organized an event titled “Beat Plastic Pollution” for its staff. The event aimed to educate participants about the dangers of plastic pollution and its impact on wildlife and ecosystems. The program included a documentary presentation titled “Natural Life in Abu Dhabi – Al Dhafra Turtles” and featured workshops on plastic identification, waste classification, and recycling.
To encourage a shift away from single-use plastic bottles, reusable metal water bottles were distributed as tokens of appreciation to attendees. This gesture aimed to motivate individuals to choose more sustainable alternatives and reduce their reliance on disposable plastic containers.
Al Ain Zoo’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond awareness campaigns. As of August 2022, the zoo has significantly reduced its use of disposable plastic water bottles by 6,880 bottles. Additionally, the zoo has made substantial progress in recycling, including the recycling of 3,761 KG of paper, 480 KG of plastics, 170 KG of ink cartridges, 5 KG of metal containers, and 400 KG of electronic waste.
Through its recycling initiatives, the zoo has not only minimized greenhouse gas emissions but also reduced energy consumption. Their efforts have resulted in saving 391 million thermal power units of energy, 117 cubic meters of landfill space, 232 trees, and 1,810 gallons of fuel.
Al Ain Zoo remains dedicated to educating the public, particularly the youth of the UAE, and its employees about the importance of environmental preservation. They achieve this through various initiatives, including organizing awareness-raising activities, workshops, camps, and more. By actively participating in environmental events, the zoo strives to instil a sense of responsibility towards the environment, its resources, and the protection of wildlife.