SHARJAH // Two endangered pink-backed pelican chicks have hatched at the Wasit Wetland Reserve for the first time.
Officials at the centre said the births were a mark of the success by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah (EPAA) to protect at-risk species and maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, chairman of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah, said: “The Wasit Wetland Reserve provides a safe haven for migratory birds that cross the emirate of Sharjah en route from the cold north to the warmer south for the winter.
“The new Wasit Wetland Centre is an important addition in protecting rare animals and birds and in giving scientists and researchers the opportunity to study the life and breeding of birds and learn how to protect them from extinction.”
The rare pink-backed pelican is a resident of the Arabian Peninsula, and rests during the breeding season for nesting before completing its migration to Africa. An endangered species of bird because of difficulties in breeding, pink-backed pelicans are provided with an ideal habitat similar to their natural environment by the Wasit Nature Reserve, in order to help them survive.
The Wasit Wetland Reserve, which was established in 2007, alongside the recently opened bird centre, is seen as an investment in environment conservation and a step forward in protecting the ecosystem and endangered species.
Source: uae news