Founded in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed, the Father of our nation, Al Ain Zoo is a true family destination, providing entertainment and learning experiences in a natural outdoor environment. Today, visitors of all ages discover the zoo’s wildlife and enjoy a great day out packed with fun and adventure, and explore our large animal collection of over 4000 animals.
Being concerned about the wildlife and nature of his homeland all his life, the late Sheikh Zayed established this unique zoo in the Middle East with the vision of creating natural habitats for animals to live freely. Since its founding, Al Ain Zoo has been a centre for endangered species conservation, most notably the successful breeding of desert antelopes and gazelles, such as the endangered Arabian Oryx.
Al Ain Zoo is a proud member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA), and has set up a number of strategic partnerships with leading zoos conservation agencies and associations from across the world, including the World Conservation Union and Species Survival Commission, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, Edinburgh Zoo, the Northern Range-lands Trust of Kenya and the Sahara Conservation Fund.
RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION PROGRAMS
Through our education, research and conservation programs, Al Ain Zoo is building a reputation for excellence and leadership in the international conservation community through saving endangered species and their habitats.
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