Kazakhstan

Republic of Kazakhstan

Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre-Kazakhstan (SKHBC-Kz)

Kazakhstan is one of the most important breeding and range areas of migrating Asian Houbara, and is therefore an important area to conserve the Houbara. Abu Dhabi has been conducting common field studies in Kazakhstan since 1994. This collaboration culminated in the establishment of the Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre-Kazakhstan in Shyann, near Shymkent, in the south of Kazakhstan, with aim of producing and releasing 15,000 Houbara birds annually.

Important Milestones in the Conservation of Asian Houbara in Kazakhstan

1994  The first field studies are carried out  in partnership between scientists from NARC and their colleagues in Kazakhstan.

2008 Work begins on constructing temporary facilities at Shymkent to initiate a viable breeding flock.

2009 The establishment of a breeding flock of 733 Houbara.

2010 Production of the first (18) Asian Houbara.

2011 Construction begins on the main centre buildings.

2014 Abu Dhabi and Kazakhstan sign cooperation agreement to preserve Houbara.




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