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Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve

Al Areen Wildlife Park is a nature reserve and zoo, located in Sakhir, Bahrain. It is one of five other protected areas in the country and it is the only designated protected area on land, in the country.

Opening hours– 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (extends upto 6.00 pm during winters)

History of Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve

With all the modernization and developments in the Kingdom of Bahrain, AlAreen Wildlife Park and Reserve project was established in 1976 in order to preserve what is remaining of the Arabian endangered wildlife. The Kingdom of Bahrain is considered a leader in recognizing the threats to wildlife, as it has established AlAreen Wildlife Park and Reserve in order to protect the rare animals and work for its reproduction in addition to being an educational center for wildlife.

The park occupies three square kilometers, where the public are able to take a round in the park’s tourist busses.

And while walking around the park, visitors will be able to see a collection of 45 mammal species and 82 different bird species of birds from the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa, North Africa and Asia.

Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve was primarily developed to provide a refuge for the endangered species. And to accomplish this, the area was divided into two main sections, the park and the reserve.

The second part is the reserve, which occupies another four square kilometers allocated for the conservation, preservation and breeding of rare Arabian animals. Access to the reserve is restricted, except for specialists, researchers, veterinarians and the animals’ keepers. Mammal species in the reserve include: the Arabian Oryx, Nubian ibex and the Bahraini Rheem Gazelle, in addition to some bird species such as the Houbara Bustard.

The park features 100,000 planted flora and trees, & more than 45 species of animals, 82 species of birds and 25 species of flora. Species that roam the nature reserve section of the park include the Arabian oryx, which is extinct in the wild, South African cheetah, lion, Savannah monitor, African rock python, Persian gazelle, springbok, African wild dog, Spotted hyena, saluki dogs, impala, fallow deer, Chapman’s zebra, Honey badger and desert hares. Arabian and North African species such as the scimitar-horned oryx, addax (which is rare in the wild), dama gazelle, giraffes, Nubian ibex, wild goat, barbary sheep and Asiatic onager are also present. The park also employs a captive breeding policy of endangered species.

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