A Visit to Al Ain Zoo!

October 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Posted in PLACES I'VE BEEN TO | Leave a comment
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Yesterday, we visited AL AIN ZOO again. This was my third visit 🙂

Al Ain Zoo (Arabic: ‎حديقة حيوانات العين ) is a 400-hectare (990-acre) zoo located in the foothills of the Jebel Hafeet Mountains in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. It has a large animal collection of over 4,000 animals (186 species).

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The animal group I photographed the most are the GIRAFFES!

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IMG_7217IMG_7218Beautiful FLAMINGOS

IMG_7227IMG_7226AFRICAN WILD DOGS have rounded large ears they differ from other canid species in that they have only 4, rather than 5 toes on their front feet.

IMG_7220IMG_7241IMG_7262IMG_7254IMG_7260IMG_7258Al Ain Zoo houses lots of  Arabian antelopes and oryx, eland, gazelle, lechwe and can be found in the tree shaded paddocks which offer excellent breeding conditions.

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IMG_7271CARACAL’s ears are large and pointed with long erect tufts of hair on the tips.

IMG_7282This is a HIPPOPOTAMUS, but he’s too shy to show his face 🙂  He is recognizable by his barrel-shaped torso, enormous mouth and teeth, nearly hairless body, stubby legs and tremendous size. It is the third largest land mammal by weight, after the White Rhinoceros and Elephant.

IMG_7231PATAS MONKEYS run on all fours (arms and feet), instead of swinging from trees for locomotion. They run fast – up to 55kph

IMG_7235VERVET MONKEYS are the most widely-used primates in medical research. This is because they are small, easily handled, not endangered and easy to breed in captivity.

HOUSE OF REPTILES

IMG_7221WHITE TIGERS exist only in captivity.

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The Al Ain Zoo hosts the almost extinct WHITE LION (less than 200 remain in the world)

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The trip was fun and educational at the same time!

Weekly Photo Challenge: HORIZON

October 26, 2013 at 12:44 am | Posted in PLACES I'VE BEEN TO, WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE | 22 Comments
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This week’s theme at The Daily Post is “HORIZON.”

Horizon. The space or line where the sky meets the earth. So many places where the sky meets the earth around the world, and millions of interactions between two elements. It can be water, a city skyline, a forest, a wasteland, a desert, a sunset outside your bedroom window. Is there a particular horizon which speaks to you?    – Sara Rosso

IMG_3408Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Photo taken from the desert. City lights can be seen rom afar.

wpid-2013-08-01-19.13.22.jpgThe city where I live at dawn. Al Ain City.

IMG_3442Boracay Island, Philippines. This is the most beautiful beach I’ve been. Photo taken in 2011 with Dad.

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