UAE: Al Ain Zoo Offers Free Admission to Students Until November 12

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At Al Ain Zoo, the fifth iteration of the Conservation Festival, themed "Nature's Sustainability," will open on Wednesday. The primary objective of the event is to raise awareness of the zoo's role in preserving natural resources and safeguarding wildlife.

Students enjoy free access during the festival.

Throughout the Conservation Festival, students can explore various parts of the zoo without paying an entrance fee. This includes access to the main gate, exhibitions, theaters, the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center, and popular dining spots. The festival's duration extends until November 12, giving students ample time to immerse themselves in the festival's conservation-related activities and events.

Promoting sustainability in alignment with COP28

The Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium's General Director, Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri, emphasized the significance of the festival in light of COP28, the international climate change conference that the UAE is hosting. He underscored how the zoo's dedication to sustainability, both within its premises and beyond, aligns with the goals of this global climate event.

Highlighting sustainability initiatives and inspiring future generations

The Conservation Festival serves as a platform to showcase a myriad of sustainability initiatives, aiming to inspire individuals and future generations to prioritize sustainability and nature conservation in their lives.

Workshops, competitions, and more

The festival offers a diverse range of workshops with a focus on sustainability and the crucial role that youth play in shaping the future. Alongside these, attendees can participate in competitions and engage in art sessions, including painting and sculpting, suitable for artists of all skill levels.

For the younger crowd, the festival presents carnival activities and workshops. Furthermore, there's an organic products market and stands featuring innovative sustainability products.

Insightful "Zookeepers' Talks" and Wildlife Awareness

Among the festival's attractions is the "Zookeepers' Talks," a cultural and educational event where animal caretakers share insights about the unique characteristics of various animal species. These talks provide valuable information about lemurs, tigers, cheetahs, gibbons, and more, offering visitors a deeper understanding of these incredible creatures.

Key Partners in Sustainability

The 5th Conservation Festival cannot be a success without the help of our valuable collaborators. The International Fund for Houbara Conservation, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism's Qattara Market, Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company (Tadweer), Al Ain Distribution Company, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination, the Red Crescent Society, and the Environment Friends Society are all involved.

Beyond providing an educational platform, this festival instills a profound appreciation for wildlife and emphasizes the crucial importance of sustainability among visitors of all age groups.

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