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In 2017 alone, more than 2,000 birds were transported safely to countries across Asia and North Africa In 2017 alone, more than 2,000 birds were transported safely to countries across Asia and North Africa

Etihad Cargo and IFHC Transport Endangered Birds

Etihad Cargo and International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) recently transported a shipment of more than 100 vulnerable Houbara bustards for release into their natural habitats.

In the past three years, the partnership between the two organisations has led to the successful relocation and integration into the wild of more than 3,000 Houbara bustards across the world.

Mohammed Saleh Al Baidani, director general, IFHC, outlined, “The range of the Houbara stretches from Morocco to Mongolia, so it is critical that we are able to move the birds from Abu Dhabi to countries across the species’ range safely and securely.”

The venture, which is part of Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Reintroduction Programme, began in 2014, when the two organisations signed a partnership agreement.

“Our motto is From Abu Dhabi to the World and it is literally the case with our partnership with IFHC,” added Justin Carr, vice president, Etihad Cargo. “It is an honour to be able to safely transport the Houbara to countries where they can thrive, and play a small part in Abu Dhabi’s project of restoring this iconic species in the wild.”