On World Falconry Day educational talks and lectures await visitors at Emirates Park Zoo and Resort
November 15, 2016
To mark World Falconry Day, Emirates Park Zoo and Resort unveiled an abundance of fun and educational activities to celebrate a hallmark of Emirati tradition and culture- the national bird, falcon. For the upcoming World Falconry Day on November 16th, the zoo’s dedicated team of bird trainers will conduct educational talks and lectures that aim to raise public awareness on the dangers birds are currently facing and the benefits of conservation. An educational entertainment program prepared by the passionate team of trainers at Emirates Park Zoo will also be showcased during the said day. These activities are made in celebration of the commemorative day and at the same time to educate students and visitors on wildlife conservation issues.
Falconry is the art of hunting for prey with trained raptors such as hawk, eagle or falcon. The sport is practiced in many countries and continues to be one of UAE’s oldest traditions. With the popularity of Falconry comes the endangerment of the species Falcons. Illegal falconry trade occurs where wild birds are being captured and sold. This causes breeding problems among the population of falcons. Today, 2 out of 40 species of falcons are endangered while others nearly threatened.
Emirates Park Zoo’s Head Bird Trainer, Stephanie Green commented, “These activities will hopefully create awareness on the current situation of birds and other animals in the wildlife, and how we as humans can help save them.”
As part of the zoo’s expansion, a Bird of Prey section will be added as part of the zoo tour. The section will feature different species of raptors from all over the world.
Emirates Park Zoo and Resort participates in various conservation projects in order to protect endangered animals that include the cheetahs and the tigers. “We must always remember that even the smallest steps in conservation make a huge change in preserving the wildlife. The peregrine falcon was once endangered, but following effective efforts of the recovery teams, the number of peregrine falcons continue to increase.” concluded Stephanie Green.