An endangered species has been given a boost with the arrival of a newborn.
A female Arabian tahr has been born at Sir Bani Yas Island, bringing the population at the wildlife reserve to a total of four, consisting of two males and two females.
The horned mammal, native to Al Hajar mountain range located between the UAE and Oman, features on the Red List of Threatened Species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with local initiatives aiming to save the species from extinction being launched by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The newborn, the result of a breeding and resettlement programme spearheaded by Abu Dhabi Tourism Development and Investment Company, will remain under the care of its mother for three to four months before it starts to fend for itself.
As part of the programme, the animals live in a habitat that is as similar to their natural surroundings as possible, where they can be monitored and supported by experts, so they
can continue to breed when released into the wild.