Arabia's Wildlife Centre was established on 1999 by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, the Ruler of Sharjah. And it is consider as the first learning centre in a protected area.
Arabia’s Wildlife Centre provides an opportunity to discover the amazing diversity of indigenous fauna found on the Arabian Peninsula. Housing arguably the largest collection of Arabian wildlife in the world the Centre is also home to representatives of several species which are extinct in Arabia, highlighting the need to conserve the environment to ensure the continued survival of this important part of Arabian heritage.
Reptile & Insect House:
A large number of local snakes including Saw-scaled Vipers, Puff Adders and Arabian Cobra are on display in their natural surroundings. In addition to the snakes many lizards, freshwater fishes, amphibians and insects are also on display.
A large walk through aviary with mountain, desert and aquatic habitats is home to several species of indigenous birds including; weavers, partridges and Houbara Bustards. The pathway through the aviary also leads you into a cave where Egyptian fruit bats and Omani blind cave fish can be seen and past three small carnivore enclosures.
Here the day-night cycle has been switched so that the many nocturnal species including foxes, genet, mongoose, wildcat, Honey Badger, hedgehogs, porcupines and other rodents can be seen.
Cafeteria & Viewing Area:
The spacious restaurant provides panoramic views of the large antelope exhibit where Arabian Oryx, gazelle and Ostrich roam. Nubian Ibex, Greater Flamingo can be seen on the mountain and in the moat which surrounds it.
Large Carnivores & Primates:
This section leads you past five large enclosures which are home to Hamadryas Baboons, Cheetah, Arabian Wolf, Striped Hyaena, and of course the Arabian Leopard. Each species is housed in their natural environment, without a fence in sight.
The entire experience is enjoyed from the comfort of the climate controlled environment inside the Wildlife Centre; making this the perfect destination for a family outing, even in summer. As you journey through the Wildlife Centre information panels and recordings along the way provide you with information about each of the species on display, ensuring that you have a greater understanding, and hopefully a new found appreciation, of the terrestrial biodiversity in Arabia.
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