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Al Ain Zoo launching wildlife safaris

posted on 14/03/2013: 804 views



Wildlife safaris are returning to Al Ain Zoo this spring and the organisers aim to spur children's interest in the protection of wildlife and nature with such programmes.

Organised by the Education Centre, the first safari session will take place from March 31 to April 4, with a second being held from April 7 to 11, according to an announcement by the zoo on Wednesday.

Participants in the wildlife safaris will enjoy a wide range of fun and interactive educational activities including meeting animal keepers, a zoo treasure hunt, team-building games, back-of-house tours, arts and crafts, and gardening activities, said Muna Al Daheri, acting chief conservation and education officer at Al Ain Zoo.

The spring safari will also provide children with the chance to participate in ‘animal talks' and get to see their favourite animals at close quarters, Muna said. "The zoo safari programmes teach youngsters about wildlife and nature — encouraging their involvement in the global causes of protection and conservation,” she said.

Each safari will accommodate 40 children aged between 7-12. Each camp will run for five days from 8am to 1pm. Each participant will be charged Dh250, which includes all activities in addition to refreshments, a snack and a goodie bag. Those interested may make reservations by calling Al Ain Zoo's Education Centre at 03-799 2444, or by sending an e-mail to education@awpr.ae. – Gulf News

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