Falcons are birds of prey that are found in nearly all continents of the world, except Antarctica. As it happens, the Saker Falcon is the national bird of the United Arab Emirates. And it’s no secret that UAE is committed towards re-wilding of endangered species. So, keeping up with this, the Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Programme continued with the release of endangered Saker and Peregrine falcons earlier this month. Yes, recently the country released 52 Falcons in Kazakhstan for the sustenance of the species. Here’s more about this.
UAE Releases 52 Falcons In Kazakhstan
Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Programme is a conservation programme that began 30 years ago and aims at rewilding falcons. Under this programme, the UAE released 52 Falcons in the wild in Kazakhstan for sustaining the species. In a report by the National News, it was mentioned that the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi which supervises the programme stated that out of these falcons, 23 were peregrine falcons and 29 were saker falcons that were released on May 5 and 6. The birds were released in the Karaganda region, which is the key region for migrating falcons. It should be noted that before the birds were released, they went under an extensive range of medical examination and training, before receiving the final test on the morning of the launch.
Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Programme Has Released 2,211 Falcons So Far
Each of these falcons has been planted with an electronic chip and fitted with an identification ring. Not to mention, 11 falcons were also fitted with solar-powered satellite tracking devices for monitoring their survival rates, spread and traditional migration paths. It should be noted that these devices will also collect important scientific data that will help in developing methods of rehabilitation, preparation, training, release, and selection of suitable suits for falcons. At this point, it’s worth mentioning that the programme has divided a total of 2,211 birds so far. And this was the 14th consecutive release event.
Source: Curly Tales