EPAA selects names for pelicans from social media suggestions



Sharjah / Emirates Business

The Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) has selected the names for the two endangered pink-backed pelican chicks who were recently hatched at the Wasit Wetland Reserve. A large number of people took part in the process, suggesting the names they liked on social media platforms, and henceforth the two baby pelicans will be known as Sharej and Snowy Rose.
The pink backed pelican, which is an incredibly rare and endangered species, finds difficulties in breeding. The bird – a resident of the Arabian Peninsula – rests during the breeding season for nesting before completing its migration to Africa. In order to safeguard against extinction and help this at-risk species survive, the Wasit Nature Reserve has simulated an ideal habitat similar to the bird’s natural environment to aid in the breeding process.
HE Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the EPAA said: “The EPAA’s efforts to provide a safe haven for a range of at-risk species have been made in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and the Ruler of Sharjah and in line with the Sharjah Environment-Friendly Emirate initiatives.”
Al Suwaidi stressed that the hatching of the two pink-backed pelican chicks was the first occurrence of its kind in the region, an achievement which reflects the efforts made by the EPAA to preserve endangered species and protect the balance of nature.
She was impressed with the community interaction using social networking platforms, and the suggested names they posted for the two chicks. She said that the public interest is a positive sign and shows awareness of environmental concerns.
Al Suwaidi emphasised that the Wasit Wetland Centre is a vital part of the drive to protect rare animals and birds. The platform gives scientists and researchers the opportunity to study their lifecycles and breeding habits, and therefore better understand them.

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