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VIDEO: World’s largest man-made safari opens in UAE

Antelopes, lions, giraffes and zebras at Al Ain Safari
Team shortlist19 Apr 2016 AT 09:51 AM
Al Ain Safari, Around town, Zoo, Attractions
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Al Ain Safari, Around town, Zoo, Attractions
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It’s another world’s biggest for the UAE – this time, a safari park in Al Ain, which is the largest man-made park on the globe.

The 217 hectare area in at the foothills of the Al Hajar Mountains has 200 animals, and is set to open on Wednesday April 20.

The park is home to the likes of oryx, springbok, giraffe, zebra and lion, but according to reports, they plan to add more over the next year.

"In the future we will also have an Elephant Safari, and Asian and an Arabian Safari," Mark Craig, director of Life Science at the Al Ain Zoo told Khaleej Times. "At the moment we have 200 animals in the park, but by next year we are planning to add eight more species, including big birds such as ostriches, and increase the number of animals to 500." 

Hippos and crocodiles are expected to be introduced in the near future, with an enclosure that will allow visitors to see them above and below water.

On Wednesday the hour-long African tour will open, giving visitors the chance to see animals and plants native to Africa. “The experience will be unique, being driven entirely by Emirati tour guides. This will emphasise local traditions and warm hospitality, drawing on an unrivalled passion for the UAE’s proud heritage," Al Ain Zoo director general Ghanim Al Hajeri told The National.

As well as being a safari park, it’s also set up as a learning centre, with exhibitions showing how Abu Dhabi’s desert has changed over time.

There are a few different ticket options to suit most budgets, with a seat in a large vehicle seating 22 people costing AED200 per person, or a private trip in a Nissan Patrol 4x4 seating six people costing AED1,000 per car.

For more information visit www.alainzoo.ae

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