Inside look: Sharjah Safari Park
File photo of Sharjah Safari. The new arrivals including different African species of gazelles and antelopes. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Sharjah: The Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah (EPAA) has announced the arrival of a new group of African animals, which have been added to Sharjah Safari, the largest safari project outside Africa, located within Al Bridi Reserve in Al Dhaid.

The group consists of 61 animals, including different African species of gazelles and antelopes.

The animals being unloaded at the airport Image Credit: WAM

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the EPAA, said: “The EPAA adopts a well-planned strategy with a precise timeline spread across specific phases to add new species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and other African animals to enhance the diversity in the Sharjah Safari project.”

She added: This aims to promote its tourism and environmental destination, in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to preserve the environment, conserve biodiversity, work towards protecting and multiplying endangered animals, and promote sustainability and eco-tourism.”

Al Suwaidi emphasised that the Safari project management is keen regarding the continuous development of the project and the updating of its various facilities, which consider the African wildlife nature, relying on wood and straw. In addition, advanced and regular medical care is provided to animals under the supervision of a group of specialised veterinarians.

Furthermore, breeding operations are carried out to increase the number of animals in the Sharjah Safari, especially the rare and endangered ones.