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IFHC Announces Annual Breeding Figures at ADIHEX 2015

Date : 09/09/2015

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IFHC Announces Annual Breeding Figures at ADIHEX 2015

  • A record of over 48,000 captive bred Houbara have been reared by the IFHC this year

  • Abu Dhabi, 09 September 2015:The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), part of Abu Dhabi government, has released its latest Houbara breeding figures for 2015 to date, at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX). The conservation program has bred a total of 48,213 Houbara this year as part of its captive breeding and release program, which aims to reinstate wild Houbara to healthy numbers worldwide. The number is up on previous years, with just over 46,000 bred across the whole of 2014.

    The Fund breeds both Asian and African Houbara, the two sub species of the vulnerable Houbara bustard family, from its four breeding centres located in the UAE, Morocco and Kazakhstan. The breakdown of breeding numbers per centre is as follows:

    • Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation Centre (ECWP), Morocco, produced 23,347 African Houbara
    • National Aviation Research Centre (NARC), UAE, produced 12,551 Asian Houbara
    • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-AD), Abu Dhabi, UAE, produced 10,499 Asian Houbara
    • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-KZ), Kazakhstan, produced 1,816 Asian Houbara

    This brings the total production of Houbara of all species, across all centres, to 254,451 since breeding began in 1996.

    Speaking on the release of the latest production figures, Director General, IFHC, Mohammed Al Baidani said, “Working for over three decades to breed captive bred Houbara, it is impressive to see production figures in the tens of thousands, when one considers the humble beginnings of the Fund which began with a few donated birds from Al Ain Zoo back in the 1970s. Refining the breeding process has required considerable efforts, from recreating the right environmental parameters in the centre to encourage breeding, to ensuring the genetic viability of the birds. It is fair to say that today the IFHC is the foremost knowledge on captive breeding as a result, and we expect our breeding and release program to continue from strength to strength until a sustainable population of Houbara are re-established in the wild.”

    Captive breeding is at the heart of the IFHC’s holistic conservation programme, along with the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Houbara Reintroduction Project, where the IFHC’s captive bred Houbara are released into the wild across its natural range. So far this year, Houbara have been released in Kazakhstan and Pakistan.

    The IFHC is present at ADIHEX which takes place at ADNEC and runs till the 12th September. The Fund is showcasing its work at the show, where it hopes to educate attendees on the importance of Houbara and Houbara conservation. Activities range from workshops for falconers to kids edutainment activities.

    About The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC)
    The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) was established in 2006 and reorganised by Royal Decree no. 7, 2014 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The Fund aims to increase wild Houbara populations through its captive breeding and release programme, with on-going monitoring to ensure long-term preservation and genetic variation of the species. The IFHC also aims to foster ties with international and regional, governmental and non-governmental bodies to encourage sustainable practices to ensure the conservation of Houbara.

    The website of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation: www.houbarafund.org.

    About the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC):

    • National Avian Research Centre (NARC) - Sweihan – Abu Dhabi – UAE
    • Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation (ECWP) – Kingdom of Morocco
    • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-KZ)- Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-AD)-Abu Dhabi-UAE

    For more information, please contact:

    Camellia Bojtor
    FleishmanHillard
    +971 4 4502604
    +971 50 1531197

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