Abu Dhabi: Fourteen Arabian Oryx have been released to the wild at the Qasr Al Sarab Protected Area, around 200km away from Abu Dhabi, on Thursday morning.
The species, which was on the verge of extinction, will make the largest sand deserts in the world - the Empty Quarter- their habitat and move freely their under the protection of rangers of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).
The Oryx were released into, as part of the long-running Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Arabian Oryx Reintroduction Programme, led by the EAD.
The release took place in the presence of Dr. Thani Bin Ahmad Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the EAD.
As the released animals ran away to the desert behind the Qasr Al Sarab Resort by Anantara, the officials said the initiative will support the sustainable tourism in the emirate. The guests at the hotel will have the opportunity to see the Arabian Peninsula’s most iconic species in its natural habitat, they said.