DOHA, Qatar, October 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –
- Qatar pays great attention and efforts to the preservation of wildlife in the region
- On World Animal Day, Qatar Tourism highlights six animals you didn’t know were in Qatar:
- Arabian Oryx – the national animal
- Whale shark – the biggest fish in the world
- Dugong – only vegetarian marine mammal
- Hawksbill Turtle – Critically Endangered
- Flamingo – a colorful migration
- Honey Badger – the bravest animal in the world
To celebrate World Animal Day, Qatar Tourism highlights six unexpected animals that visitors may see in the country.
Despite its small size, Qatar is home to an abundance of interesting land and water creatures that make up the country’s diverse ecosystem. Home to numerous nature reserves, the peninsula emphasizes the preservation and development of local wildlife to protect it from extinction.
Qatar Tourism Chief Operating Officer Berthold Trenkel said: “Visitors will be amazed at the number of interesting and unique animals there are here. Qatar is home to dolphins, hawks, sand cats and the red fox, among others. We are home to a plethora of amazing animals, birds, and fantastic wildlife, many of which are native – visitors just need to know where to look for them. “
Here is a list of the six most unexpected animals in Qatar and where to find them:
With long, lance-shaped horns, the Arabian oryx is one of the four species of antelope that lives in the desert of Qatar and is native to the Arabian Peninsula. It is also the national animal of Qatar.
This majestic creature was once on the verge of extinction, but after immense conservation measures taken as part of Operation Oryx, the animals were reintroduced to the wild in 1982.
Visitors can visit the Arabian Oryx at Al-Maha Shrine, also known as the Arabian Oryx Shrine. They can also be seen in Al Sheehaniya Reserve – located 45 km west of Doha – and Al Mashabiya Reserve in southwest Qatar, in the country’s oldest nature reserves.
Azzam Al Mannai, a wildlife photographer based in Qatar, says: “No photo can do justice to the Arabian Oryx. I have been photographing them for three years and they still continue to amaze. They are found in many nature reserves around the world. Qatar. And are known as “Al Wudhaihi” because of their pure white color. A truly magnificent creature. “
These large aquatic creatures, often called “gentle giants”, have been endangered since 2002. As the largest fish in the world, they can grow up to 20 meters in length and often migrate around the globe in search of tropical waters. .
Qatar is home to one of the largest gatherings of whale sharks on the planet, appearing from April to September off the northeast coast of the Al Shaheen Restricted Marine Area.
Brigadier General Mohamed Al Jaidah, Qatar’s leading whale shark scientist, said: “As an endangered species, the conservation and protection of whale sharks is our number one priority. We have been studying them in depth for 11 years in Qatar, trying to get to know them better and their habitat. “
“Every year, hundreds of majestic whale sharks gather in Qatari waters to taste tuna roe, mostly caviar. I’ve seen up to 360 whale sharks at a time. You see the fins, the tails , they’ll be under the boat, swimming, next to you, in all kinds of different places. “
Known as the “sea cow”, these vulnerable species are in decline and are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Home to the second largest population of dugongs in the world, Qatar’s continued efforts to study and protect marine mammals resulted in a rare sighting of a group of 840 dugongs in 2020. Often seen congregating north of the coasts of the peninsula between January and early March, these marine mammals can be found in large herds, which is not common behavior for this marine mammal.
Mehsin Al-Ansi Al-Yafei, associate professor of environmental science and researcher in dugong, says: “What is amazing about the dugongs in Qatar is that we saw over 800 gatherings in one day during the course. from my last two years of research. “has not been seen anywhere else in the world. They feed on sea grasses and swim in the Persian Gulf for over 7,000 years. I have been studying marine life in Qatar since 2002 and am always amazed by the different creatures that call it country house. “
Qatar’s 560 km coastline is home to one of the largest and most important Hawksbill Turtle nesting habitats in the region. Critically endangered, they are considered by many to be the most beautiful of sea turtles for their colorful shells.
As hawksbill turtles are known to visit Fuwairit Beach during their nesting season, the beach is undergoing a clean-up campaign as part of the Turtle Protection Project, before the area is closed to the public for the nesting season. Last year was also the first time the public was allowed to witness the Miracle of Life during outbreak season, under the auspices of Qatar Museums, in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and Protection. of the Ministry of the Municipality and the Environment.
Hundreds of flamingos inhabit the wetlands of northern Qatar for up to six months as they migrate from Europe in search of warmer climates. They can be spotted from the air during a flight tour of the Al Thakira mangroves. BirdLife International, which aims to protect the habitats of migratory birds, is actively working in Qatar to ensure that it is a hospitable environment for these colorful annual visitors.
Don’t be fooled by its size, the honey badger is one of the toughest animals in the world. He doesn’t start fights he can’t finish, and he makes an awesome foe. It is also known to prey on hyenas, leopards, lions and pythons. Its scientific name is “honey badger,” but it is commonly referred to as a honey badger because it is known to take a hive full of bees to taste its favorite snack. The animal can also roll over in its own loose skin to easily free itself from predators, for a quick surprise attack.
Sightings in Qatar were reported from Zuwair, Ilham and Al Haym, southwest of Al Shammal.
To learn more about animals in Qatar, please visit http://www.visitqatar.qa or download the app through the App Store or Google Play.
For media inquiries, please contact the Qatar Tourism press office at:
+974 7774 7863 | press [email protected]
Qatar is a peninsula surrounded by the Persian Gulf in the heart of the Middle East, with 80% of the world’s population within a six-hour flight. Ranked the safest country in the world in 2020 by Numbeo, Qatar welcomes all travelers and guests from over 85 countries can enter visa-free. Qatar has an incredible variety of easily accessible tourist attractions, a plethora of flora and fauna including whale sharks and the majestic national animal the Arabian oryx, and most of the experiences are a unique combination of cultural authenticity. and modernity. From iconic museums to high-rise restaurants, from thrilling desert adventures to world-class events including none other than the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™, there is something for all types of travelers and all budgets. .
About tourism in Qatar:
Qatar Tourism is the official government body responsible for the development and promotion of tourism in Qatar, facilitating the exponential growth of the sector. Qatar is a destination where people from all over the world come together to experience unique offerings in arts, culture, sports and adventure, catering to families and business travelers, rooted in service excellence. Qatar Tourism seeks to stimulate the entire tourism value chain, increase demand for local and international visitors, attract foreign investment and generate a multiplier effect in the national economy. The Qatar Tourism Strategy 2030 sets an ambitious goal of attracting more than six million international visitors per year by 2030, making Qatar the fastest growing destination in the Middle East.
The Web: www.visitqatar.qa
Image 1: Qatar Tourism / Azzam Al Mannai
Image 2: Qatar Tourism / Mehsin Al-Ansi Al-Yafei
Image 3: Tourism in Qatar
This content was posted through the press release distribution service at Newswire.com.
Tourism Qatar / Azzam Al Mannai