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The Endangered Arabian Tahr successfully relocated to Sir Bani Yas Island!

Three Arabian Tahrs, one male and two females, were introduced to Sir Bani Yas after months of planning by a specialised taskforce made up of the Sir Bani Yas Conservation Team, the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), Barari Forest Management, which manages the Island’s flora and fauna needs, and Al Bustan Zoological Centre, a non-commercial zoo based in Sharjah, as part of the Island’s conservation mandate.

They were brought from the Centre as part of a conservation agreement with Sir Bani Yas Island. Classified as ‘Endangered’ on the Red List by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network, the Arabian Tahr, which  is indigenous to the Hajar Mountains range, between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Sultanate of Oman, is a small, goat-like mammal that has a stocky build. 

They are currently being housed in a special camp that mimics their natural environment. During the relocation’s second phase, they will be released into a larger enclosure where visitors to Sir Bani Yas Island will be given the opportunity to learn more about the Arabian Tahr and view them in their natural surroundings. This will allow them to be re-introduced to a habitat that simulates their original environment as much as possible. 

The final phase will entail the creation of a new camp that will result in the rehabilitation and re-wilding of the Arabian Tahr and their offspring. Several animals will then be released into the wild under the careful direction and observation of the EAD.