Sir Bani Yas Reserve, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Sir Bani Yas Island was established as a nature reserve in 1971 by the late UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Zayed recognized the need to preserve animals that were at risk from extinction, particularly within the UAE and Arabian Peninsula. His vision has led to the establishment of the Arabian Wildlife Park, which covers just over half of the island to assist with breeding and rehabilitation as well as offering a welcoming environment for thousands of animals to roam freely.
Stretching across 1,400 hectares of land, our breathtaking Park is home to many diverse members of the animal kingdom, ranging from the cute Arabian Rock Hyrax to the cheeky Ostrich, the beautiful Beisa Oryx and graceful Giraffe to the secretive scavenger, the Striped Hyena.
In addition to being a wildlife sanctuary for more than 13,000 animals, research and conservation efforts are constantly undertaken as part of the Park’s development, including creating diversity in terms of suitable habitats for the Island’s flora and fauna. Its focus is to create a working ecosystem for the animals and birds, where natural interactions occur within and between species as they do in the wild.