“We cherish our environment because it is an integral part of our country, our history and our heritage. On land and on the sea, our forefathers lived and survived in this environment. They were able to do so only because they recognized the need to conserve it, to take from it only what they needed to live, and to preserve it for succeeding generations.”
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – the founder of the United Arab Emirates.
It is a great honor to host the International Zoo Educators Association Conference 2018, which will be hosted for the first time in the Middle East, here in the city of Al Ain. Hosting IZE conference is part of the educational commitment, adopted by Al Ain Zoo since its establishment in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to protect natural environment and preserve it for future generations.
Our main objective in Al Ain Zoo is to achieve global leadership in the conservation of desert wildlife. We have preserved the biodiversity of wildlife and the desert while not losing sight of our educational role and our responsibility to society. We have introduced interactive, learning programs along with providing, many exciting services and events, making Al Ain Zoo a true unique experience.
We welcome you all in the United Arab Emirates, we hope that together we will be able to find new ways to make our world better, and to offer better future for next generations.
H.E Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri
Director General, Al Ain Zoo