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Sharjah Safari welcomes birth “Tarthooth”, second African elephant

Wed 24 Apr 2024    
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Sharjah: The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) in Sharjah proudly introduces “Tarthooth,” the newest addition to the Sharjah Safari project. Named after a resilient plant that blooms with rainfall, Tarthooth is the second African savannah elephant born within this groundbreaking initiative, marking a significant milestone.

Tarthooth joins the ranks of Samra, another African savanna elephant born last year, forming an integral part of the project’s African elephant community. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the EPAA, emphasized the organization’s commitment to global biodiversity conservation and the protection of endangered African species, aligning with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.

This birth signifies Sharjah Safari’s dedication to breeding and conserving various species, including African giraffes, the Scimitar oryx, and the rare Madagascar Paratilapia fish. Al Suwaidi highlighted the importance of African savanna elephants, the largest land animals whose population is dwindling. With distinct features like large ears for heat dispersion and outward-curving tusks, these majestic creatures inhabit the southern plains of the Sahara desert.

Since its inauguration in 2022 by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Sharjah Safari has emerged as a unique and vital project. Spanning 8 square kilometers, it offers 12 diverse environments mirroring African landscapes. Not only does it enrich Sharjah’s economic and touristic appeal, but it also elevates its environmental status, attracting nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers worldwide.

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