These are some more pictures from the Al Areen Wildlife Park in Bahrain. Our visit last week was a revelation because we never expected so many varieties of birds and animals there.
Of particular interest were the scores of giant ostriches and several varieties of deer – including the Arabia Oryx, not to mention several species of duck, geese, storks and pelicans.
The park was established in 1975 with over 100,000 plants and trees and more than 500 animals including the Arabian oryx, which is almost extinct in the wild. Persian gazelle, Springbok, impala, fallow deer and Chapman’s zebra are the other attractions.
The reserve area is off-limits without special permission. Access to the park is by bus from the main entrance. This takes parties around a tarmac road from which you are able to get good views of a variety of Arabian mammals, some roaming free and others in pens.
There are also some African animals which remain from the first establishment of the park. Arabian species include scimitar-horned oryx, addax, Arabian oryx, dama gazelle, Nubian ibex, wild goat, Barbary sheep and Asiatic Onsager.
Wild bird species are also attracted to the park. Near to the administrative building is a walkway which gives close views of various species of birds and animals. Bahrain was perhaps the first Arab country to realize the rapid decline of many native wild animal populations in the region and the urgent need to carry out safety measures that could make sure their survival. The park was a response to a bid to conserve wildlife in the Middle East, with the hope it would promote similar projects in other countries.