UAE announces free entry to Al Ain Zoo for students until November 12
The fifth edition of the Conservation Festival, with the theme "Nature's Sustainability," will get underway at Al Ain Zoo on Wednesday. Promotion of the zoo's role in protecting wildlife and maintaining natural resources is the festival's main goal.
Free Entrance for Students
Throughout the festival, students will have free access to various areas of the zoo, including the main gate, exhibitions, theaters, the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center, and popular dining spots. The festival is scheduled to run until November 12, providing visitors with ample opportunities to engage with conservation-related activities and events.
Supporting COP28 and sustainability initiatives
The General Director of the Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium, Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri, noted the significance of the event in light of COP28, the international conference on climate change that the United Arab Emirates is hosting. He said the zoo's efforts to promote sustainability both within and outside the zoo are in line with the climate event.
The festival will highlight various sustainability initiatives and encourage individuals and future generations to prioritize sustainability and nature conservation.
Workshops, competitions, and more
The Conservation Festival will feature workshops focused on sustainability and youth's role in shaping the future. Additionally, there will be competitions and art sessions, including painting and sculpting, for artists of all levels. For the youth, the festival offers carnival activities and workshops, as well as an organic products market and stands showcasing innovative sustainability products.
Zookeepers' Talks and Wildlife Awareness
The festival will also host "Zookeepers' Talks," a cultural and awareness-raising event where animal caregivers discuss the unique characteristics of various animal species, such as lemurs, tigers, cheetahs, and gibbons.
Key partners for the 5th Conservation Festival include the International Fund for Houbara Conservation, the Qattara Market of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company (Tadweer), Al Ain Distribution Company, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination, the Red Crescent Society, and the Environment Friends Society.
This festival not only provides educational opportunities but also fosters a deep appreciation for wildlife and the importance of sustainability among visitors of all ages.