AL AIN – Being held for the first time in the Middle East, Al Ain Zoo today hosted the International Zoo Educators Association, IZE, conference with participation of 120 countries from around the world.
Held under the theme, ‘Culture and Conservation – bringing a deeper human dimension to zoo education’, the conference aims to motivate community and zoo visitors to care about the environment and encourage sustainable behavior to preserve endangered species.
The conference, which will run until 18th October, was inaugurated by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Copsey, Director of Training at the International Union for Conservation of Nature; and Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri, Director-General of The Zoo and Aquarium Public Institution in Al Ain (Al Ain Zoo, UAE).
In his opening remarks, Dr. Al Zeyoudi said, “Steadfast commitment of our wise leadership to preserving the environment and its precious resources stems from the values instilled in our people by the UAE’s Founding Father, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Among the most prominent examples of Sheikh Zayed’s environmental leadership are his pioneering efforts in greening the desert, combating desertification, and conserving wildlife.
Mr. David Musingo, Manager Education and Information and Isaac Mujaasi, Programs and Public Relations Officer will be presenting case studies on Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) models of interpretation.
This is not only education, but a drive that promotes Uganda as a destination.
With the increasing demand and popularity of purpose and green tourism, you can be sure that as a destination, this is where we need to be heading to.
People love to associate with destinations committed to inspiring positive conservation actions, modification of human behavior and species survival.
Zoos worldwide help us achieve this and UWEC is doing just that. We are glad the Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities continues to support UWEC to fly the Ugandan flag high.