About Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort (AWPR)
First established as Al Ain Zoo in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, AWPR is a multi-faceted development by Zoo & Aquarium Public Institution in Al Ain, designed around wildlife to create an outstanding sustainable leisure and learning destination aimed at bringing people in touch with nature. Construction of AWPR will be completed in phases.
AWPR will include more than 900 hectares of land and is currently home to 4,300 animals of 186 different species, 30% of which are considered to be threatened. Following the principles established in the Abu Dhabi 2030 Urban Framework Plan, AWPR will become a model for cultural and ecological sustainability, conservation and education. The natural wildlife of the park and educational centres, in addition to the themed desert safaris, and a world leading arid land botanic gardens and plant collection, will provide both a centre of learning excellence and a leisure destination.
AWPR is a proud member of both the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. An ambitious portfolio of conservation projects is being developed with a special focus on desert antelopes. AWPR has set up a number of strategic partnerships with leading conservation agencies and associations from across the world, including a 20-year exclusive agreement with San Diego Zoological Society, which is instrumental in the development of all project aspects, especially those related to the wildlife. Other strategic partners include Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, the Northern Rangelands Trust of Kenya and Sahara Conservation Fund.