International Fund for Houbara Conservation to participate in ADIHEX 2012

Abu Dhabi: The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) will be participating in the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2012) which starts tomorrow at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition separately for the first time ever with its own uniquely designed interactive stand.

IFHC’s participation comes as part of its ongoing efforts in implementation of the International Strategy Initiative launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to protect the endangered Houbara Bustard.

Mohammed Saleh Al Baidani, Director General IFHC said: “IFHC is one of the world’s major conservation programmes and has a message of success to spread. This has been significant year with the launch of IFHC’s website and the publication of our first annual report. Our stand at ADIHEX represents another step in making the voice of the Houbara both distinctive and louder across the globe.” The theme for this year’s event is education and there will be a lot for visitors to learn.

The uniquely designed stand takes visitors through Abu Dhabi and IFHC’s historical journey of saving and preserving the Houbara. Visitors can also explore the ecology museum and listen to presentations by experts, which will provide a greater understanding of Houbara behaviour. Live Houbara will also be on the stand in a recreation of their natural habitat. Another highlight of this year’s event will be a play about the Houbara created and performed by local school children.

In accordance with this year’s theme there will be plenty for children to do on the IFHC stand, A Kids’ Corner will provide electronic video games and face painting. Children will also have the opportunity to take pictures with the Houbara mascot: Haboor.’ “The Houbara bustard has been and will always be a pillar of our Arabian heritage through its importance in the ancient tradition of falconry. Only through preserving and conserving this precious bird can we ensure traditional falconry is maintained in the long term”, added Al Baidani.

It is noteworthy that the International Fund for maintaining bustard was founded in 2006 under the decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to lead the conservation programs Houbara and protection in their natural environment and sustainability in number over the long term while ensuring the continuity of the art of falconry, which is a tradition Arabic heritage and authentic humanity.

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