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.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Rare Birds Set Free In Arabian Peninsula

Abu Dhabi-- As part of a stratregy to prevent the population of houbara bustards from becoming extinct, the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) last year released a total of 5,855 Asian houbara bustards at sites across the Arabian peninsula.

The number of houbara bustards released so far this year is 1,450 from IFHC's world-leading captive breeding programme at designated protected areas in Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen, complementing the record number of houbara bustards released as part of IFHC's well established programme in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The total figure is three times higher than the previous annual record and is the latest milestone in efforts to provide a sustainable future for a bird at the heart of Arabic culture and tradition.

"This is a significant step forward in our efforts to secure a living legacy for the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to ensure that wild populations of the houbara are sustainable," said Deputy Chairman of the IFHC Board Mohamed Ahmed Al Bowardi.

By extending the release of houbara across the Gulf, with the assistance of our neighbours, we can build on the successes we have already achieved and bring our ultimate goal closer to fruition,he added.

Thanking the other brother nations in the region for their support in this important initiative, Al Bowardi said: "Such unity of purpose not only provides a greater chance for success in the area of conservation, but also serves to strengthen the bonds that tie us together."

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