Tuesday, February 2, 2010

'Wild' Hyenas born on Bani Yas Island

Hyena cubs born on Sir Sir Bani Yas Island

Two striped hyena cubs have been born on Sir Bani Yas Island, part of Abu Dhabi’s Desert Islands Destination. The cubs are the result of a very successful breeding programme.

The births are of particular significance to the UAE as the striped hyena is completely extinct in the UAE and is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as ‘near threatened’ worldwide.

IUCN is the official body who monitor the status of nature and wildlife across the world.

These are the first hyenas to be born wild in the UAE for many years.

The mother and father hyenas, “Phiri” and “Arnold” were raised by conservation staff in breeding centres and relocated to Sir Bani Yas Island in 2008 as part of a conservation program where they were taught how to survive in the wild and to be self sufficient.

The hyenas roam freely in the 4100 hectare Arabian Wildlife Park on Sir Bani Yas Island along with cheetahs and some 4000

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