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Musanada builds Delaija Wildlife Management Centre for AD eco body
July 23, 2018
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ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi General Services Company, Musanada, has completed the Dhs20.58 million construction and maintenance project of the facilities at the Delaija Wildlife Management Centre, for the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, EAD. The project stretches over a gross area of 520,000 square metres.

Commenting on the announcement, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, EAD Secretary-General, said, “Managed by EAD, the Delaija Wildlife Management Centre is a unique facility and the first of its kind in the region in terms of its design and size. EAD seeks to use this centre to provide facilities for breeding and protecting endangered wild animals by maintaining sustainable groups through breeding and reintroduction programs in their natural habitat.”

“Through this centre that hosts approximately 6,300 animals belonging to four different species, EAD breeds and manages specific endangered groups such as the Arabian Oryx, sand gazelle, mountain gazelle and scimitar-horned oryx by improving genetic diversity to ensure their sustainability,” added Al Mubarak. “Researchers at EAD implement management and breeding plans in a properly scientific and systematic way, in order to form a world herd to be included as part of the local reintroduction programmes inside and outside nature reserves as well as the other international programmes at the regional level, to help bring animals back to their habitats to live normally after ensuring that all necessary safeguards are in place.”

Al Mubarak expressed her hope that the Delaija Centre would evolve to an outstanding breeding facility comprising a veterinary hospital, an educational centre for raising awareness of the importance of endangered wild animals, “as these are closely linked to our culture and history, which is fully worth being maintained for future generations.”

For his part, Suwaidan Rashed Al Dhaheri, Musanada’s Acting CEO, said, “Musanada is engaged in delivery of these projects as part of its efforts to realise Abu Dhabi Vision, striking a balance between growth and conservation of the environment and biodiversity, and raising awareness of the importance of and need to conserve the endangered wild species.”

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