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Falcons treated in UAE freed to wild in Kazakhstan

09 may 2012, 18:50
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Falkon. ©RIA NOVOSTI
Falkon. ©RIA NOVOSTI
66 falcons treated in Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) are going to be let go into the wild in Kazakhstan in 2012, KazTAG reports citing Arab newspaper Khaleej Times.

"Some of the 66 falconss that are to be freed this year, were confiscated at the border or at the territory of the United Arab Emirates and some of them were wounded birds that were freed during previous years. We also had a few wild falcons that were presented to us by other countries such as Bahrain," Director of the falcons hospital, Dr. Margit Muller said to the newspaper.

According to Muller, all the birds are healthy and ready to return to their natural habitat. "We examined them and made sure that the falcons are in good shape, also they have had a special training during the last several months," she explained.

Rehabilitation and release of falcons is part of the annual UAE's Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release program, founded 17 years ago. "ADFH is running the program to help confiscated falcons and other birds of prey recover and arrange for their further release to the natural habitat under the guidance of Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD)," the report said.

Since the beginning of the Project 1400 wild falcons have been released to the mountainous regions of Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Kazakhstan and other countries that are located along the migration routes of the birds.

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