Sir Bani Yas Island, the award-winning nature reserve developed by the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), witnessed the birth of an endangered Arabian tahr, bringing the total population of the species at the wildlife reserve to four.

TDIC has celebrated the milestone and attributed this achievement to the cooperation between the environment and protection teams based on the island. TDIC also commended the commitment shown by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, as well as the environmental life and forests workshop in overseeing the care of wildlife on the island.

The gestation period for the newborn female tahr was 4.5 months. The newborn tahr will remain under the care of its mother for three to four months, following which the tahr begins to fend for itself and forage on its ownat the age of two years old.

This new addition to the park’s tahr family, which now consists of two males and two females, is a result of a comprehensive environment strategy that was spearheaded by the TDIC team in line with international standards in order to achieve the goals set out for its breeding and resettlement program.

TDIC acquired the animals from Al Bustan Zoological Centre in Sharjah - a non-profit wildlife preserve. As part of the agreement between the two institutions, the tahr would live in an environment similar to their natural habitat that would prepare the animals for their return to the wild for breeding.

A spokesperson for TDIC said, “Protecting the environment is one of the top priorities for TDIC. As an institution that makes significant contributions towards the preservation of land and marine wildlife in Abu Dhabi and its reserves, we are proud of this achievement, which was made possible through our close cooperation with our partners, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi as well as our talented staff.”

He added: “This success was made possible due to the vision of the nation’s founding father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who sought to provide a suitable environment for preserving rare and endangered local fauna and flora. Our wildlife breeding and resettlement program has already facilitated an increase in the numbers of specimens among endangered species in BaniYas Island.”

The breeding of Arabian tahr began for the first time on Sir BaniYas Island in the 1990s as part of a campaign to reintroduce indigenous Arabian animals to the wild, and was launched by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The Arabian tahr is one of the indigenous species of the Al Hajar mountains range, which is located between the United Arab Emirates and Oman. It is a horned mammal with a short, full body, and has been listed on the Red List of Threatened Species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

 

About Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)
 
Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), established in 2006 and fully owned by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, is a master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi.

This includes Saadiyat, a natural island ten-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi featuring luxury resorts, championship beachfront golf courses, sophisticated residential communities, retail destinations and cultural institutions - designed by world-renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architects - such as Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TDIC is also developing Desert Islands, a heritage-based tourism destination composed of eight islands - Sir BaniYas Island, the historical Dalma Island and the previously unexplored Discovery Islands.

TDIC has built a strong reputation among international industry players for its compelling value proposition, transparency of business approach and ability to deliver. The company has been awarded high investment grade ratings of AA, by top credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s. This rating reflects TDIC’s strong financial position and support the company’s credit worthiness to investors, lenders and other market participants.

By creating investment partnerships and joint ventures, TDIC’s developments are helping to support the Emirate’s evolution into a world-class destination for tourists, businesses and residents. TDIC offers significant employment and vocational training opportunities for Emiratis keen to enhance their careers and professional qualifications.

 

Source: Four Communications