VIDEO: Dubai Safari Park to close for the season on May 31 - GulfToday

VIDEO: Dubai Safari Park to close for the season on May 31


A lion can be seen at Dubai Safari Park. File

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The Dubai Safari Park, one of the leading leisure destinations, will close its doors for the season-ending May 31, authorities have announced.

The closure will allow the park officials to protect its animals from any health risks due to the high summer temperatures. During this period, the park's facilities will be upgraded.

The new season of the park would begin in September 2021.

With the mercury set to rise in the next few months, the temporary closure of the facility is primarily aimed at preventing the summer heat from affecting the health of animals, as part of the Park’s animal welfare practices.

Dubai safari 2 Man feeding food to Giraffe at Dubai Safari Park.

During this period, climate-controlled enclosures in the Park will allow animals to live in comfortable environments close to their natural habitats. The suspension of the Park’s activities will also enable it to upgrade facilities and services and conduct maintenance work to enhance the animals’ living areas.

Ahmad Al Zarouni, Director, Public Parks and Recreational Facilities at Dubai Municipality said visitors to Dubai Safari Park will be able to enjoy various entertainment activities and live musical shows before the seasonal closing. The current season saw a remarkable visitor turnout in Dubai Safari Park, he noted.

Strict precautionary and preventive measures applied across the park ensured a safe environment for visitors.

The Park offers unique interactive programmes blended into the safari journey.
Swans-at-Dubai-Safari-Park-750x450 Pelicans seen a Dubai Safari Park.

Al Zarouni said the Park is home to around 3,000 animals, including 78 species of mammals – 10 carnivores and 17 primates; 50 types of reptiles; 111 kinds of birds as well as amphibians and invertebrates.

These include rare animals like the Komodo dragon, spiral-horned antelope, Arabian Oryx, coloured African wild dog, gorilla, gibbon, bongo, and lemur.
Spanning 119 hectares, the park comprises three main villages: the African Village, Asian Village, and Explorer Village. Each village represents a different climate and ecosystem and houses distinctive species of animals.

It also includes an Arabian Desert Safari tour.

Dubai-Safari-Park-750x450 An aerial view of the Dubai Safari Park.

Dubai Safari Park offers a wide range of animal welfare and conservation strategies to provide a better life for the animals, apart from hosting educational and research projects that support the goal of establishing the Park.

The Park contributes to the conservation of endangered species with unique breeding programmes and rescue missions around the world.
Veterinary and animal care units of the Dubai Safari Park’s dedicated Life and Science teams provide animals with the best care in line with global animal welfare standards.

Dubai Safari also follows internationally benchmarked protocols for protected animal contact to ensure the safety of the animals and staff.
The Park’s distinctive design enables visitors to be transported to the natural habitats where animals live.

Each village is unique in its architectural style and reflects the region it represents. More than 200 different types of trees have been used in the park and distributed following the Park’s various environments.

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