Why the Houbara Bustard?

The programme is not about conserving a single species, the Houbara Bustard. It aims to share the inside story of a successful effort at conservation and provide teachers with an excellent teaching tool to convey the larger message of conservation to students. As far back as the 1970s, when the numbers of the migratory Houbara Bustard, (which has been the traditional prey of falcons), started declining in the wild, HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan understood the significance of upholding the national heritage of falconry while conserving the Houbara Bustard. He started a captive breeding programme and today, his vision and commitment to conserve this species has become a landmark achievement. Through our special focus on the Houbara Bustard, teachers and students gain access to knowledge and understanding of collaboration amongst a range of professionals and the dedication and painstaking efforts that go into conservation. This will inspire the young learner to work towards conserving other species.

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