RAK CP releases houbara bustard at Banyan Tree nature reserve

WAM Ras Al Khaimah, 20th Dec. 2013 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, today witnessed the release of 48 captive-bred houbara bustards the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, by the Ras Al Khaimah Environmental Protection and Development Authority (EPDA-RAK) in collaboration with the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC).

Sheikh Mohammed released the first bird, which is fitted with a satellite transmitter, as part of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Houbara Reintroduction Project in the UAE and Arabian Peninsula to restore a sustainable wild population of a bird synonymous with local culture and traditions to the UAE.

The move also underscores H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah’s proper care for environmental issues.

The release of the birds is part of EPDA-RAK’s strategy to restore and increase the bird’s population and relocate them in the emirate and to protect the environment.

Dr. Saif Mohammed Al Ghais, Executive Director of EPDA-RAK, said the omnivorous bird, which takes seeds, insects and other small creatures, is considered the icon of Arabia deserts and is widely prized in Arabia as a quarry for falconers.

The houbara bustard is found in South Asia, Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Africa (Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Morocco) and parts of Western Europe.

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