Abu Dhabi, February 24, 2018: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) hosted world-renowned conservationist, anthropologist and UN messenger of peace Dr. Jane Goodall in Abu Dhabi at the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.
During her visit, Dr Jane Goodall learnt about EAD's conservation efforts for the Arabian Oryx. She also met with a number of young aspiring EAD scientists.
In November 2017, a number of Oryx were released into the Qasr Al Sarab Protected Area, as part of the long-running Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Arabian Oryx Reintroduction Programme, led by the EAD. The presence of Oryx close to the resort within the 304 km² conservation area gives visitors a unique opportunity to get close to the Arabian Oryx (Al Maha) which is a cultural icon and exemplar for wildlife reintroduction efforts.
Dr. Jane also visited the adjacent Arabian Oryx Protected area managed by EAD, which spans 5975 km² and is now home to 835 Arabian Oryx.
Dr Jane commented: "I have just returned to the city of Abu Dhabi from a truly incredible experience - a visit to the desert oasis of Qasr al Sarab. First of all, this sand desert with its vibrant almost unreal colours, ranging from golden through greenish ochre to deep rust red, is magnificent. And even more magical, for me, was the chance to visit two groups of Arabian Oryx. These animals were once hunted almost to extinction but, thanks to a programme that bred the remaining individuals in captivity, the species was saved. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi is working to reintroduce these oryx to the wild and to protect their desert home. It was wonderful to see each animal looking not only beautiful but incredibly fit.
I would recommend this experience to everyone who would like the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the desert and its wildlife, far away from the bustle of the city."