The Al Ain Zoo is working to reintroduce the nearly extinct Scimitar Horned Oryx. A reader suggests an adopt-an- animal scheme to help maintain zoo facilities. Andrew Henderson / The National (photo courtesy : THE NATIONAL)
My Letters - THE NATIONAL Dt. 06.08.2010 - Adopt a zoo animal scheme
The UAE has some world-class zoo facilities available for residents to enjoy wildlife not normally seen in this region. It requires great effort and finance to maintain them. It would be a good idea to introduce an “Adopt an animal” scheme at the UAE zoos, especially in Dubai and Al Ain. Specified amounts can be set and individuals and organisations can then adopt an animal for a day, a week or a year according to their means.
This will provide financial assistance for their upkeep to help better maintain the facilities and the animals. It would also generate greater involvement among the public to visit them often. For schools and children in particular, it would open up an enriched way to know more about wildlife and nature.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
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