AI Ain: Al Ain Zoo will launch the 5th Conservation Festival 2023 under the theme “Nature’s Sustainability”, from November 8 to 11.
The festival will feature various activities and events aimed at promoting the Zoo’s role in the protection of wildlife and the preservation of natural wealth and resources. It offers students free entrance throughout its course.
The festival runs from the main gate of the Zoo through the exhibitions, theaters, and surrounding areas, including the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center and popular restaurants and cafés.
Mr. Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri, Director-General of the Zoo Aquarium Public Institution in Al Ain, stated that, “This year’s Conservation Festival comes in conjunction with the global event that UAE is hosting, COP28. We support the largest climate action gathering by showcasing various sustainability initiatives inside and outside the Zoo, in addition to programs offered by our partners in the sector.”
The Director General further emphasized the role of the festival in engaging society by highlighting the initiatives of individuals in sustainability, encouraging them to do better, and educating future generations on the importance of sustainability and nature conservation.
The festival will consist of workshops on sustainability and the future of youth, competitions, and art sessions such as painting and sculpting for both professional artists and amateurs, carnival and other workshops for the youth, an organic products market, and various stands for organizations showcasing their products and innovations in sustainability.
Regarding wildlife, there is a cultural and awareness-building event called “Zookeepers’ Talks,” where carers talk about the most important unique characteristics of each animal species such as lemurs, tigers, cheetahs, and Gibbons.
Supporters of the 5th Conservation Festival include the International Fund for Houbara Conservation, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism’s Qattara Market, Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company (Tadweer), Al Ain Distribution Company, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, the Red Crescent Society and the Environment Friends Society.