Al Ain Zoo has been a center for endangered species conservation, most notably the successful breeding of desert antelopes and gazelles, such as the endangered Arabian oryx. The zoo is building a reputation for excellence and leadership in the international conservation community through saving endangered species and their habitats. 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 4,000 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.
We visited the Al Ain Mubazzarah and Jebel Hafeet Park on 1st Jan, 2013 to spend our new year in the summer escape of UAE, Al Ain. Our day trip was planned for the Al Ain Zoo , Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, Al Mubazzarah Park and Jebel Hafeet. The visit to these places was a different experience amidst the greeneries, hot springs, the park area etc . was a must visit place in Al Ain. The place was crowded as lots of visitors were exploring the city and the park was a great tourist attraction for everyone coming to Al Ain.
The Exhibits includes are :
The new Mixed Asian Exhibit is now open! With three new gazelle species making their debut including the Chital, Nilgai, and the Blackbuck, the Mixed Asian Exhibit is one where visitors can enjoy viewing a mixed combination of Asian animals roaming around in open space. The new Mixed Asian Exhibit is conveniently located between the all-new children’s zoo and the new play area.
The Mixed African Exhibit provides a spectacular natural setting covering over 5 hectares and featuring some of Africa’s most popular species.From the shaded Palm tree gardens, visitors can view a community of animals that includes Zebra, White Rhino, Rothchild’s giraffe, Fringe eared Oryx, Thompson Gazelle, Dhama Gazelle and Africa’s largest antelope the majestic Eland.These animals are often seen together around one of three watering holes or under the shade of trees as they would in the wild. An elevated viewing tower provides a panoramic view of this tranquil African setting with the dramatic Jabel Hafeet mountain in the background.
White Lion , looking proud and beautiful, the White lions of Sanbona, South Africa, are simply an unforgettable sight.Whether basking in the sun, climbing on the rocks or roaming around their newly landscaped exhibit watching these extraordinary animals is a truly fascinating and entertaining experience.
The Mixed Arabian Exhibit, the Arabian oryx and Sand gazelles in their natural habitat featuring sand dunes and a shaded waterhole.Al Ain Zoo is a leader in the conservation of desert antelopes. The large rocky landscaped display is the first memorable experience visitors will have when they enter the Zoo with a spectacular backdrop of the distant mountains. The animals here live together in a natural community, sharing the same landscape and food as they would in the wild.
Here you can see one of the world’s largest Big Cat collections including African lions, African leopards, jaguars, pumas and tigers. One of the most popular animal enclosure in the Cat House is the new White tiger exhibit. Other members of the cat family such as the North East African cheetah, the Arabian leopard, White lions and Arabian sand cats are on display in the core zoo.Al Ain Zoo runs a series of conservation projects for desert carnivores such as Sand cat, African lion, Arabian leopard and African wild dog.
Bird House , up to more than 300 birds from over 18 different species, including the Penguin family & hubarra, ostrich, flamingo, pelican etc.
At Al Ain Zoo have turned day into night in an enclosed air-conditioned walkway that gives a sneak peak into the fascinating lives of the nocturnal animals.The secretive Sand cats exploring the dunes, hedgehogs busy scurrying from bush to bush and so much more going on at the Nocturnal House.
At the Reptile House you will find a mesmerizing array of reptiles from all over the world, as well as wonderful indigenous species. Look out for the Diadem Snake of the UAE, the Red-Tailed Boa of South America, the African Spur Thighed Tortoise of arid lands in North Africa, the Spiny Tailed Agama of North Africa and Arabia and the Corn Snake of the USA. Don’t miss the UAE Sand Boa – an unusual looking snake belonging to the Python family.
A fun-filled, outdoor learning scheme designed to inspire children with a love for biodiversity, this garden demonstrates the beauty of plants. The garden features a rolling hill, mixed use play areas, picnic spots, a flower garden and native plant garden with species indigenous to the UAE, a recycling garden and a vegetable, fruit and herb garden. With spectacular African Baobab trees framing the area, the towering trunks offer a genuine horticulture lesson in how specific plants can adapt to dry soil conditions.
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. Since its founding, 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, San Diego Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, the Northern Rangelands Trust of Kenya and the Sahara Conservation Fund.
The general opening hours for the zoo are from 9am to 8pm, however during the hot summer months (June-September), the facility operates from 4pm-10pm.