As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Dozens of rare birds released into wild at Dubai Creek

DUBAI // Dozens of rare and endangered birds have been released in an ambitious conservation project.

Sixteen greater flamingos and 50 Socotra cormorants were released at Creek Park yesterday morning by wildlife experts from the municipality.

The birds were bred in captivity at Dubai Zoo and experts hope they will mix with the wild population and eventually make their way to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

"This project has been a huge success for Dubai Zoo," said Dr Reza Khan, wildlife specialist for zoo management at Dubai Municipality.

"Dubai is the first zoo anywhere in the world to successfully keep and breed Socotra cormorants, and it is also the first 4.5-acre-sized zoo to breed flamingos."

The birds will be kept under observation for the next seven days to make sure they are settling in to their new surroundings.

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