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Kazakhstan witnesses largest ever single release of Houbara
On 14 April 2,000 Asian Houbara were released in Kazakhstan, central Asia, in the largest ever single release of the species in the wild. The birds were bred at the Fund’s state-of-the-art facilities in Abu Dhabi and  own directly to Shymkent close to the Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre – Kazakhstan (SKHBC – KZ). Upon arrival the birds were immediately taken to three release sites situated within designated protected zones in south, central and west Kazakhstan.
Previously the Fund has only carried out small-scale experimental releases in Kazakhstan in order to learn more about the migration and habits of the Houbara, but a release on this scale takes our e orts onto to a completely new level. Around 10 per cent of the birds were  tted with satellite tracking equipment, which will provide vital data about migration and survival to supplement the world-leading Houbara ecology programme pioneered by Abu Dhabi.
Jordan becomes latest country to release Houbara
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has become the latest country in the region to host the release of Asian Houbara bustards bred in Abu Dhabi. The 500 Houbara were released at eight designated sites in traditional areas for the species. The birds were bred in Abu Dhabi and transported to Jordan for release as part of the Fund’s programme to restore wild populations across the range of the iconic species.
The Fund worked very closely with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) in Jordan to make the  rst release in the country happen. Our experts visited Jordan and carried out  eld surveys to establish the best areas to release the Houbara.
Jordan becomes the  fth county in recent years to release birds bred in Abu Dhabi by the Fund Captive-bred Houbara have previously been provided to Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen in a coordinated attempt at restoring resident, wild populations of Houbara across the Arabian Peninsula, which were in historical decline as a result of poaching, unregulated hunting and habitat degradation.

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