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The Dubai Zoo is a well-known place in the whole region, being the first ever-built zoo of the Middle East. Dubai Zoo hosts several rare species of the whole world and many the unique animals of the region.
If you are in Dubai and looking for a nice recreational program, then it is really worth visiting the famous Dubai Zoo found in the popular downtown Jumeirah district, just by the sea. Due to its small size and continuous protests for the animals, now there is a new zoo as well right next to the old zoo, called Dubai Zoo 2.
Dubai Zoo was found in 1967 when the actual king Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum decided to have it built. It is also interesting to note, that at that time Dubai Zoo’s location also indicated one the town’s border. Dubai Zoo is still very proud to have been able to breed the Chimpanzee in its zoo, which is famously hard to breed when captured. In addition, Dubai Zoo is very proud to have bred the quite rare African Wildcat.
When the Dubai Zoo first opened, it housed only a few of regional species, such as the Arabic Wolf, which today is one of the most visited animals. Later on, the Zoo started to have more and more animals and together with them started the problems of overcrowding, as it is small being only 2 hectares. However, due to the continuous enlargement and restoration works together with the adding of Dubai Zoo 2, Dubai Zoo now enables all the smaller and bigger inhabitants of the zoo to feel a lot better, at a wider space in the zoo. According to the plans, Dubai Zoo is to relocate soon to a quieter and a much bigger area, giving each animal the chance to have such an area specifically made to be like their natural area in the wild.
Among the rare animals, it is worth mentioning the rich number of Socotra Cormorants, which by far are almost impossible to be bred in captivity. However, Dubai Zoo tried their best and luckily, the Cormorants have bred after a while. Other rare animals include the beautiful and unfortunately highly endangered Barbary sheep, the caracal, the waterbuck, and its family of both Bengali and Siberian Tigers. It is also worth mentioning the Dubai Zoo’s rich number of diverse species of birds of prey. The passion of the Arabic people towards birds of prey is widely known. Still many people deal with falconry in the Middle East. The Art of Falconry is still one of the oldest and most traditional ways of both sport and leisure for many men of the area. The most widely used birds for falconry in the Saudi Peninsula are the Saker Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon, both of which are regular inhabitants of the popular Dubai Zoo.
A visit to the Dubai Zoo gives a nice chance to enjoy a relaxing time, while taking a beautiful stroll there, just by the Jumeirah Beach. Dubai Zoo is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. The entry with its two DHs is quite cheap. So when in Dubai, do not forget to visit the popular Dubai Zoo.