Animals released to natural habitat

A sand snake, two foxes and a white-tailed mongoose are among creatures recently released to their natural habitat after they were captured and handed over to the Dubai Zoo.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 29 Mar 2013, 9:15 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:32 AM

The Dubai Zoo sends back some of the indigenous animals to the natural environment be that in the desert, hills or coastal areas, said Dr. Reza khan, Specialist, Wildlife and Zoo Management, Public Parks and Horticulture Department of Dubai Municipality.

“Recently a Dubai resident found an indigenous snake, Hissing Sand Snake or Schokari Sand Racer (Psammophis schokari) captured it and handed over the same to the zoo for its up keeping,” said Dr. Khan.

The snake was released in the desert in Bab Al Shams area on Wednesday. “We released the snake deep in the desert and we kept a watch on it for a few hours. It was doing well.”

A white tailed mongoose, the largest species of mongoose, which was captured from a house in a hilly area and two foxes that were handed to the zoo this year were also released to the nature, Dr. Khan told Khaleej Times.

He said the zoo often receives animals as gifts from the members of the public. “Sometimes such animals could come from various authorities like the police, customs and even sections within the Dubai Municipality, to which Dubai Zoo

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