Animal protection

    Hawksbill turtles hatch at EGA Al Taweelah beach
    06 Sep 2022

    ABU DHABI, 5th September, 2022 (WAM) — Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that it welcomed the successful hatching of over 200 Hawksbill turtles on the shorelines near the company’s Al Taweelah site in Abu Dhabi. Hawksbill turtles are a critically endangered species of sea turtle that visit the UAE shorelines each year to lay […]

    71 falcons released into wilds of Kazakhstan under SZFRP
    19 Jun 2022

    ABU DHABI, 15th June, 2022 (WAM) — The Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Programme (SZFRP) continues to enhance its contribution to nature conservation by releasing 71 falcons into the wilds of Kazakhstan, reinforcing its position as one of the largest wildlife conservation programmes in the world. The onset of rain and mild temperatures in the wild […]

    Sir Bu Nair Island, a safe haven for rare creatures
    11 Jun 2022

    SHARJAH, 6th June, 2022 (WAM) — Declared a nature reserve by a Government decree, Sir Bu Nair Island is one of the most important breeding grounds for the endangered hawksbill turtle and features on the International Union for Conservation of Nature list. On 1st June, a hawksbill turtle landed on the island as one of […]

    New species of soft-winged flower beetle discovered in the UAE
    29 May 2022

    The discovery of a new species of tiny beetle in Sharjah, measuring little more than the width of a credit card, could offer further insight into the biodiversity of the region, according to the scientist who confirmed its authenticity. When Dr Sergei Tshernyshev, based in Siberia, received a small vial containing a tiny creature from […]

    Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi celebrates continued success of world’s largest mammal reintroduction programme
    21 May 2022

    ABU DHABI, 20th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) continues to progress with the world’s largest mammal reintroduction programme, as it has successfully translocated 20 Scimitar-Horned Oryx (SHO) and 25 Addax to Chad’s Ouadi Rime-Ouadi Achim Game Reserve during last March. Due to the programme’s efforts, the numbers of Scimitar-Horned […]

    UAE: New Eagle Ray species discovered in Abu Dhabi waters

    Abu Dhabi: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has found a new Eagle Ray species in Abu Dhabi’s waters, reflecting the unique biodiversity and health of waters in the emirate. The discovery was made from specimens collected during a Fisheries Resource Assessment, a survey of fish stocks in UAE territorial waters. The new species […]

    One in five reptiles threatened with extinction
    28 Apr 2022

    More than one in five of all reptile species around the world are threatened with extinction, according to a new study. Researchers found that crocodiles and turtles are most at risk with half of those species threatened by hunting and habitat loss. Turtles were particularly at risk as they are hunted for food and for use […]

    Half the insect population wiped out in areas hit by climate warming and intense farming

    Climate change and intensive agricultural practices have wiped out nearly half of the insects in some parts of the world, a report published Wednesday suggests. The warning is the first time a study has tested the link between rising temperatures and land use, and swingeing losses across numerous insect groups around the world. Limited available evidence […]

    Wildlife traffickers prosper on Facebook, report finds
    14 Apr 2022

    The online trade in wildlife and endangered animals is flourishing with social media giant Facebook removing fewer than half of illegal adverts, a recent investigation found. In two days, online researchers at global campaign group Avaaz identified 129 pieces of potentially harmful wildlife trafficking content. Verified content included posts selling or seeking cheetahs, monkeys, pangolins and pangolin scales, lion […]

    Fujairah survey finds dolphin species rarely seen in UAE
    13 Apr 2022

    A rough-toothed dolphin, spotted only once before in the UAE, was among six species of dolphins sighted during a survey carried out by a team of scientists in Fujairah. The rough-toothed dolphin (steno bredanensis) is one of the larger species of dolphins typically found in deep tropical waters and is identified by their conical heads and […]