Two endangered pink-backed pelican chicks recently hatched at the Wasit Wetland Reserve in Sharjah. The first-of-its-kind phenomenon served as proof of the successful efforts made by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah (EPAA), to protect endangered species and ensure biological equilibrium in the ecosystem.
Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah, said, "His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, pays special attention to the environment and natural life. With his support, we are committed to adopting the best standards and services which meet the needs of organisms and birds in the local ecosystem and to provide the necessary equipment and facilities to scientific research, such as classrooms and laboratories. These facilities help support the efforts made by the Wasit Wetland Reserve to preserve at-risk species."
Al Suwaidi added, "The Wasit Wetland Reserve provides a safe haven for migratory birds that cross Sharjah enroute the cold north to the warmer south for the winter. The new Wasit Wetland Centre is an important addition in protecting rare animals and birds and in giving scientists and researchers the opportunity to study the life and breeding of birds and learn how to protect them from extinction.”
The rare pink-backed pelican is a resident of the Arabian Peninsula, and rests during the breeding season for nesting before completing its migration to Africa. An endangered species of bird because of difficulties in breeding, pink-backed pelicans are provided with an ideal habitat similar to their natural environment by the Wasit Nature Reserve, in order to help them survive.
The Wasit Wetland Reserve, which was established in 2007, alongside the recently inaugurated Bird Centre, is a promising investment for environment conservation and a significant step forward in protecting the ecosystem and endangered species. It is also a perfect natural destination for the surrounding residents one that offers educational and research facilities to serve biodiversity and natural life.