The Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority is preparing to kick off the third season of Sharjah Safari, the world’s largest of its kind outside of Africa. This launch is scheduled for Thursday, 21st September, following the conclusion of the summer season, and will once again welcome visitors, tourists, and nature enthusiasts from both within and outside the country to witness new species of animals that will add more wonder and excitement to their visits.
This season brings with it a range of new additions, events, diverse activities, and innovations, all dedicated to Sharjah’s efforts in promoting environmental and biological diversity. It serves as a family attraction for visitors and a cultural and environmental tourist destination in the region.
The Authority successfully concluded the second season of Sharjah Safari, recording around 2300 activities targeting thousands of visitors. This season garnered significant local and regional attention and achieved important environmental milestones, particularly in the protection, reproduction, and birth of several rare and endangered animal species.
Her Excellency Hana Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority, stated, “With the new season at Sharjah Safari, there are distinctive and significant additions. In preparation for the new season, Sharjah Safari has contributed to the diversification and addition of various animal species in different environments within its sections. These include birds, reptiles, mammals, and other endangered species.”
She added, “Visitors during their journey in Sharjah Safari’s new season will also get to know the new births of African animals. The number of newborns has exceeded 200, including African giraffe calves and the first-born of the Scimitar Oryx, an African animal classified as extinct in the wild according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. Additionally, the safari team succeeded in breeding the rare Madagascar Paratilapia fish and will announce more remarkable achievements soon.”
Al Suwaidi highlighted some of the new and attractive features for visitors. They will have the opportunity to experience the Sharjah Safari Amphitheatre, which will offer several enhancements to bird and African animal shows, shedding light on their natural behaviours in an exciting and engaging atmosphere with the audience.
She emphasised that any success achieved is primarily due to the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who has provided unlimited support for the emirate’s development and positioned it at the forefront of tourist destinations in the region and the world. His Highness personally oversaw the implementation of this vital and unique project and made frequent visits to the site.
She noted that a place like Sharjah Safari requires significant, continuous, and professional efforts in the environmental field to fulfil its responsibilities, overseeing 12 different environments inspired by various regions of Africa, covering an area of 8 square kilometres and housing over 50,000 animals of more than 120 species.
Visitors to Sharjah Safari have been impressed by the size of the effort put into establishing, caring for, and protecting such a large facility, as well as the professionalism of its design, natural components, and rare animals.