Abu Dhabi wildlife park lands international zoological conference in 2015

Abu Dhabi's Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort (AWPR) has won a contract from zoological body Waza to host the 70th annual World Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference in 2015, despite not being built yet.

Al Ain lands zoological conference in 2015
Al Ain lands zoological conference in 2015

Despite not being billed for completion until 2013, The Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort (AWPR) beat off international competition to hold the conference in 2015.

Waza, which boasts more than1,300 zoological and aquarium institutions, is holding next year's event in Grandy Zoo, Quebec, Canada.

AWPR says its 900-hectare facility, which will feature a five-star hotel and resort, will be five times larger than San Diego Zoo, the world’s largest zoological park.

AWPR director general Ghanim Al Hajeri said: "Waza’s vision is aligned to ours and complements our ambition of reaching full conservation potential.

"AWPR is eager to demonstrate the UAE’s diverse geology, paleontology and anthropology offerings, as well as push ahead its commitment to animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation in front of the industry’s leaders and decision-makers."

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority director general HE Mubarak Al Muhairi, who assisted in securing the Waza 2015 bid, added: "This is a significant step forward in building awareness of Al Ain as an alternative meetings destination, particularly for subjects associated with heritage, culture and sustainability."

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