43 houbaras released to mark National Day

The houbara were tagged in the colours of the UAE flag. A group of 31 children, pupils from Al Reef and Sweihan schools, watched the birds’ release.

ABU DHABI // The International Fund for Houbara Conservation is releasing 43 of the birds to mark UAE National Day.

The houbara were tagged in the colours of the UAE flag. A group of 31 children, pupils from Al Reef and Sweihan schools, watched the birds’ release.

The pupils also learned about the bird’s cultural and scientific importance, and took part in a Houbara quiz while enjoying traditional Emirati food.

The fund works to breed and release the houbara as a way to conserve the species, whose wild population is considered an important part of UAE culture and tradition.

The birds’ release was part of the Sheikh Khalifa Al Nahyan Houbara Reintroduction Project, which aims to restore the wild population in a sustainable way.

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Published: December 1, 2014 04:00 AM

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