The term refers to species of organisms that are likely to be extinct soon, and are classified in the Red List by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). By 2017, there were 41,415 endangered species worldwide.
Endangered species in Al Ain Zoo:
As we are committed to raising environmental awareness in the community, we have been periodically launching educational campaigns for different ages, highlighting the importance of the work we do in the Zoo, namely the conservation of endangered animals.
You will find that more than 25% of the world’s endangered species have found a safe haven in our zoo, according to the IUCN classification.
The Addax is one of the most endangered animals, as its numbers have dramatically dropped over the years due to facing overhunting for its meat and leather, in addition to its exploitation for agricultural purposes.
The Scimitar Oryx
The Scimitar Oryx, also known as the Desert Oryx, is extinct in the wild, and can only be found in captivity and controlled habitats, the Scimitar Oryx can be found in Al Ain Safari. Overhunting has been the main cause of its extinction.
The Egyptian Vulture
It is also known as the scavenger vulture. This bird nests on high mountain slopes and is widely spread in Europe and Asia, including the top of Jebel Hafeet. It has been classified as an endangered species due to its habitat loss and lack of food.
The Cheetah is a predatory animal and is considered one of nature’s most superior predators thanks to its extraordinary speed. The Northwest African and Iranian breeds of Cheetah are largely endangered, as only 6% of its historical range population and origin exists today.
Although the sale and purchase of Cheetahs is illegal, a large number of them have been smuggled into the borders of our country. After the smugglers were arrested, the respective authorities contacted us to house the young Cheetahs. So, we took them in and provided them with the care they needed to thrive, and we also dedicated a special exhibit for them.
The Saker Falcon
The Saker Falcon is one the grandest species of falcons. It is one of the most resilient and most enduring of its species, especially to hunger. It is characterised by its resistance to disease and its launch speed amounting up to 300 km/h.
This species has been considered endangered due to its excessive use in falconry, aviation accidents, mismanagement, environmental pollution, use of pesticides and the failure to reproduce and feed it.