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Fuel a more sustainable future

ABU DHABI: April 18, 2018. In the past three years Etihad Cargo has helped the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) relocate more than 3,000 bustards to their natural habitat that includes Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Yemen and parts of Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

In 1977 the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE, established a program to increase the Asian Houbara bustard population after a significant fall in bird numbers due to urban expansion, the spread of development in wild areas and unsustainable hunting.

Bustard and chicksThe first captive bred chick was produced in 1982 at the Al Ain zoo. By 2016, the number of Asian Houbara in the IFHC breeding program and then released into the wild had reached 66,053.

“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,” commented Etihad Cargo vice president Justin Carr. “Etihad Cargo has a strong record of safely transporting animals around the world – be it returning vulnerable or endangered species to their natural habitat or reuniting pets with their families.”

In 2016 Etihad Airways signed the Buckingham Palace Declaration for the prevention of trade in illegal wildlife. The UAE is also signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the airline provides the necessary support to help ensure that wildlife controlled under CITES is not carried unless the necessary paperwork is in order.

The airline says that while the transport of Houbara is usually prohibited under CITES, permission was granted on this occasion as part of an official conservation program.

“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,” added IFHC director general Mohammed Saleh Al Baidani. “Etihad Cargo has proved itself in terms of destinations and security and together we are helping restore the iconic Houbara to countries where it has been in historic decline.”

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