Dubai Zoo is the oldest zoo of its kind not only in the United Arab Emirates but also in the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai Zoo also occurs to be the first Arabian zoo to breed the rare Chimpanzee and Arabian wild cat.
It is an extraordinary place of attention and fun for travelers and the people of Dubai. Was formerly constructed in 1967 by a Dubai resident when H. H. Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum, the late Ruler of Dubai, acceptable Otto J. Bulart to form a zoo on a two hectare plot in Jumeirah. It is still the oldest zoo in the Arabian Peninsula. It was considered a Dubai landmark in the late 1960s as it showed the “town’s end”
The zoo’s modern services though small, house many ethnic Arabian species, comprising the Arabian Wolf, which is no longer found in the wild, Gordon’s Wildcat and the world’s only captive breeding colony of Socotra Cormorants.
In recent years, the Dubai Zoo has come under fire for the situations in which its animals are boarded. Animal rights protesters and even hotels and tourist websites inspire the embargoing of the facility. Cages in which the animals are stuck in are reportedly so small that the animals can hardly move.
Subspecies of Gray Wolf, Arabian Wolves, as the name suggests, used to rein the Arabian Peninsula. Arabian Wolves are in the group of rare species as they are at present found in the interiors of Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Arabian Wolves is one of the unique attractions of Dubai Zoo.
Siberian Tigers, also called Amur Tigers, were formerly found in the forests of Korea, Manchuria, eastern Asia and northern China. Found mostly in cold and harsh land, Siberian Tigers can be transported up only in enormously low temperatures, but Dubai Zoo has formed ideal conditions for the protection of Siberian Tigers as well as Bengal Tigers. The zoo is shortly to undergo relocation and redevelopment allowing animals to live in areas designed to be as similar to their natural environment as possible.
It is open from 10am – 6pm daily. Entrance Fees: Dhs 2. Tel: 3440462