Research & Conservation

Intensive research and conservation work is conducted on Sir Bani Yas Island to conserve and protect the special ecosystem.

Various breeding programmes for the rehabilitation of endangered and indigenous wildlife for future release into the wild, and the establishment of a 6km non-fishing zone surrounding the island is part of this work. Other highlights include:

  • Relocation of non-indigenous animals including Blackbuck, Emu, Gemsbok, Eland and other animals.
  • Ongoing education of guides so as to provide visitors with in-depth information about breeding and conservation programmes in addition to assisting and directing visitors throughout all activities on the island.
  • Monitoring of breeding programmes and participation in international conservation organisations’ breeding programmes for endangered species such as the Houbara Bustard.
  • Removal of human interference within the park, including closing of roads and removal of old irrigation pipes used to set up the ‘Greening of the Desert’ programme many years ago.
  • Taking special care to conserve and save water at Desert Islands to ensure no wastage.



The first wildlife breeding programmes on Sir Bani Yas Island were introduced in 1971. In 2009 more than 10,000 animals were re-introduced onto the mainland, as part of a programme with Abu Dhabi Environment Agency.

Sir Bani Yas Island.
You explore it.
We conserve it.