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Al Ain Zoo in Abu Dhabi Is a Place for the Nature Lover

Updated on December 13, 2017

The Beginning

Abu Dhabi used to conjure up visions of desert and sand dunes. This is changed to a considerable extent and now there are green belts where the sand has given way to lush greenery.One such place is the green belt at Al Ain about 120 km from the capital Abu Dhabi. This place also houses the zoo, which is laid out as per international specifications and as far as possible the animals are kept in natural surroundings.

The zoo has an entrance fee of AED 100 and can be reached by taxi or car at any time. The drive takes about 2 hours and is a swell place to spend the time with family and friends. The zoo houses a large species of the animal world, though it could do with more species from the subcontinent.

The only drawback is the weather and the heat that can be debilitating for some of the animals, but the zoo authorities are geared up to the task. The zoo is a vast spread and for the old and young, there is an electric trolley car that can whisk you around the zoo.

One good thing about the zoo is the care of animals. It was so disconcerting to read that at the Copenhagen zoo, two tigers were killed to make way for a fresh intake and earlier a Giraffe was culled and its meat is given to lions. I am so glad that such obnoxious things do not happen at this zoo.

Exploring the Zoo

The zoo is spread over a vast area and for the enthusiast, it has a great variety. The biggest attractions are the Giraffe enclosures. Here you can purchase a feed for 10 AED and feed the docile beasts with your hands. Seeing the Giraffes chomping away is a thrilling experience. One can also see the African crocodile and the African lion. On my last visit, I did not see the Great Asiatic lion, but I hope this lacuna will be filled. However, there is the white tiger from India. It is a delight watching this beast and it has an entire enclosure for him. The white tigers need great care and I can say that they are well looked after. One is reminded of 2 white tigers dying at the Indore zoo in India at Indore, one of them bitten by a cobra. One wonders how the cobra got into the tiger cage. No accidental death of any animal has been ever reported from this zoo,which is a feather in its cap

The African rhinoceros and the hippopotamus attract lots of visitors, but the great one horn Indian Rhino was missing the last time I visited the zoo. The African Rhinoceros is bigger than the Indian rhino, but it's a lovable beast and a pleasure to see the beasts sauntering around in their enclosures.

One of the exhibits I would like to see is the royal Bengal tiger, the most ferocious tiger in the world. I am sure a pair of then can be transported to this zoo as India is home to hundreds of these beasts.

There are wonderful bird enclosures and homes for docile animals like the black buck and the Arabian gazelle. The zoo has a wide variety of animals to entertain. One can video graph the beasts as a remembrance.

Last Word

Many people feel that zoo all over the world should be banned. This is not a correct approach as these animal sanctuaries serve a purpose. One example is the white tiger, which would have become extinct in case it hadn't been nurtured and bred in a zoo. there are just about 500 white tigers in the world and almost all of them are in the zoo.The zoo thus serves a definite purpose in a human beings life.

The Al Ain zoo is very well maintained and an absolute delight. There is cafeteria which serves snacks and cold drinks, which can be a enjoyable respite from the rigors of studying the animals in the zoo. The zoo is open during daylight hours up to 8 pm and there is are a regular stream of visitors throughout the day. It's a place to visit in Abu Dhabi.


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      Madan 2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Dear Peggy, so sweet of you to spare time and comment. I have seen some Zoo in the USA as welland they are well maintained, but the Al ain zoo is a class by itself

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That zoo sounds like a wonderful place. I agree that zoos serve an important purpose. They teach people about animals and also are keeping some species alive that might have become extinct through successful breeding programs. Thanks for telling us about the AL-AIN zoo in Abu Dhabi.

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      Madan 2 years ago from Abu Dhabi

      Thank you Abdullah Javed for your comment. Our life would be pretty drab without a zoo.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Madan you have just refreshed my memories of the AL AIN visit. Thanks. The particulars about the Zoo are worth reading. I endorse your view that Zoos shouldn't be banned as they serve a purpose. Moreover if the animals are being provided with the ambience in which they preferred to live, shouldn't be a worry at all. If so then, in what way one can justify the presence of aquarium and pet animals in the houses?