Al Bardi Park will be the largest safari park project outside of Africa…

Sharjah is diversifying it tourism opportunities with the addition of a huge safari park, planned to open later this year or early next year. Sharjah Safari, located within the Al Bridi Reserve in the city of Al Dhaid will be 16 square kilometres, making it the largest safari project outside of Africa.

Around 50,000 animals will call the safari home, including gazelles, giraffes, African wild turtles, crocodiles, lions, rhinos, African rock python, elephants and flamingos. The park will have a large natural lake, as well as restaurants, cafes, conference hall, safari visitors camp and more.

According to Emirates News Agency, Wam, ‘Sharjah Safari will work to preserve biological diversity, and to protect and breed endangered animals and contribute to environmental sustainability. The Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah seeks to protect the environment, natural reserves, wildlife and their biodiversity through scientific studies and research.’

‘The authority publishes educational awareness material, implements policies for environmental awareness and programmes, and launches specialised campaigns in the field of environmental awareness and education.’

The park will also be home to a large collection of samar trees, which are essential to the reserve. The trees provide food for camels and goats in desert, as well as nectar to bees, which produce local honey.

In April, Sharjah Safari Park received 121 different types of mammals, reptiles and birds, some of which have been released already to adapt to the safari atmosphere.

Images: WAM