Abu Dhabi: More than 420,000 houbara bustards
were given birth through Abu Dhabi-backed breeding programmes and 300,000 released into natural habitats, it was announced on Monday.
Eleven Asian houbara bustards
rescued in January after a failed smuggling attempt on the UAE's border with Oman have been released back into the wild by the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC).
being captive bred at the Agricultural Research Station in Rawdat Al Faras, Qatar.
Eleven Asian Houbara bustards
rescued by UAE Customs in Ras Al Khaimah will be released back to the wild, according to International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC).
According to the permits signed by the foreign ministry's Deputy Chief of Protocol Mohammad Adeel Pervaiz, Governor of Tabuk Prince Fahd bin Sultan Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has been allowed to hunt houbara bustards
in Awaran district and Nushki (excluding Nushki city) and Chagai district (excluding the area in the northwest corner of Balochistan located in Chagai district (Nokundi) and Prince Mansour bin Mohammad S.
These birds include houbara bustards
, cranes, teals, pintails, mallards, geese, spoonbills, waders, and pelicans.Illegal and licensed huntingArab royals frequently visit Pakistan at the invitation of local politicians and government officials, who arrange hunting safaris for them.
At least 50% of the revenue generated by the hunting fees would be spent on the development of these areas while 35% would be given to Obara Foundation so that the numbers of houbara bustards
could be increased.
are indigenous to the Central Asian region and migrate to Pakistan every year in winter to avoid harsh weather conditions at home.
While Government approved the guidelines, as authorities given special permits to allow Qatari Royal prince to hunt internationally protected houbara bustards
The Houbara bustards
which is also known as Mac Queen's bustard or Asian bustard is commonly known all over the world especially in Pakistan, where it has already been placed in the endangered species list.
The migratory birds include houbara bustards
, passerines, pelicans, cranes and turtle doves.
Saudi Prince Fahd had has been visits Balochistan between December and January for hunting and spends weeks in hunting houbara bustards
in the area.