288 wild animals including 15 giraffes and 5 rhinosSharjah's proven track record in conserving endangered species helped clear the shipment smoothlyDubai, 6 June, 2017, The Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjahannounced the arrival of 288 wild animals from 17 different species to Sharjah International Airport from Africa to Elebriddi wildlife protected area in Al Dhaid. The export of these species, which will support the nature reserves in Sharjah, reflects the Emirate’s track record in conserving endangered species, a reputation that helped with both the shipment process and obtaining the international approvals.HE Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA), said: “Sharjah has a proven leading position in wildlife protection and environment efforts, and under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the EPAA strives to protect endangered species and their habitats is an effort to maintain biodiversity. The addition of these animals to the protected areas and centres will greatly assist with our ongoing conservation efforts.”The animals shipped include 15 giraffe, 5 rhino, 16 gemsbok, 12 waterbuck, 12 eland, 8 black wildebeest, 24 blue wildebeest, 36 impala, 10 lechwe, 8 nyala, 26 kudu, 42 springbok, 8 reedbuck, 8 red hartebeest, 12 blesbuck, 6 klipspringer and 4 grey duiker. “Through our continued efforts, we are striving to conserve many species of animals and birds, and create breeding areas in the protected habitats in accordance with the UAE regulations. In addition, we aim to highlight the importance of the protection of wildlife and raise awareness among the community members on wildlife, and the protection of nature and endangered species,” she added.