Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort

Here is a selection of photos to show what a great place this is…

Here’s the entrance to the Al Ain Wildlife Resort. You can see the hollow ‘cookie cutter’ animal sculptures on the central reservation…

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You get a terrific map when you hand over your money…

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This is what you see as you walk through, having paid your money: a pleasant covered area with a waterfall and lion sculptures…

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You’ll see this immediately to your right. Beautiful flamingos…

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Further to your left… Which way now? Clear signposts…

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And to the left of this…

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And a little further to the left…  Notice the mosque in the Wildlife Park…

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A train to drive you round on a whistlestop tour. All aboard!…

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Monkeys…

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White lions…

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Giraffes..

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Rhinos…

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Lovely view of the mountains…

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Covered area nearby, and grass to lounge on…

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The spray can cool you down when it gets hot…

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A pretty fountain…

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The play area…

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To the right of here, past the orangutans is the arena to watch the Bird Show (link to separate article)…

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Next to this arena is a building containing birds…

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…and penguins…

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Entry fees are very cheap for a family.

There’s a restaurant there for lunch, serving burgers, pizzas etc. And there are kiosks selling drinks, snacks, ice-creams, cuddly tigers, etc.

Enjoy!

Also check out:

Al Ain Wildlife Park Dinosaur Exhibition

Al Ain Wildlife Resort Bird Show

 

Al Ain Wildlife Park Dinosaur Exhibition

The dinosaur exhibition at the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort ran for a number of months until the summer of 2010. So it’s not there now, but it may come again in the future.

So I’m posting these photos so you can see what it was like. It was very impressive! These creatures moved about (complete with quiet hydraulic hissing sounds), and made ‘raaaring’ noises too…

This is a brachiosaurus…

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Triceratops…

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The ‘king’, T-Rex…

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Another fierce one…

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This next one squirts venom or something: see the water coming out of its mouth!…

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Cute eggs that wiggle about. Oh boy, they’re hatching! Where’s David – or Richard – Attenborough?…

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Another T-Rex…

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Dinosaurs galore…

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My favourite as a child: stegosaurus…

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And all the dinosaurs were nicely signposted as well…

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Another triceratops…

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You can even ride on their backs. Thankfully they’ve been well fed first…

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…and control an ‘uncovered’ a stegosaurus with a joystick and 2 buttons…

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…and uncover new bones in the sand…

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As I said at the beginning of this article, a wonderful exhibition which gives you a flavour of how modern and professional an operation it is at this park.

Al Ain Wildlife Park Bird Show

At 7.30pm at the Al Ain Wildlife Park most evenings, you can watch a 25-minute bird show which is in Arabic and English. The female presenters are terrific, using just the right language to engage and inform children.

I shot the following video to give you a little idea what the show is like. It’s pretty poor footage, and the battery ran out on my camera as I filmed this show, so I missed some of the best bits. But I have included this video anyway…

By the way, the birds in the background at the end of the video are ibis.