Midway through season and a new year has begun; over the festive period the Ecoventure animal room has become home to a bundle of bunnies. Swaddled in straw, the new baby Tupac (pictured below) was discovered and excitedly introduced to the rest of the Ecoventure animals.
The animal encounters sessions are an important opportunity for students to learn about the adaptations of each group of living organisms. This presents an occasion for the students to get a hands on experience with an animal that will leave lasting impressions. For those more inclined towards the less fluffy creatures however, our diverse collection of small mammals, reptiles and birds are also used to educate about species’ characteristics and unique adaptations.
Whilst out exploring the dunes, the Middle Eastern short fingered gecko is a common sight for our campers. The largest of the sand geckos found in the UAE, it is perfectly adapted to life in the desert with flattened toes bordered by a fringe of scales to allow maximum stability on the loose dunes.
Although this particular species is not considered threatened by IUCN, the habitat of these and other desert animals alike are vulnerable to trampling by livestock and off road vehicles due to the surface crust being damaged, subsequently destroying underlying burrow excavations. This species is therefore currently receiving protection from the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve to prevent any adverse effects from land reclamation.
Ecoventure in Bloom for a Sustainable New Year
Ecoventure proudly advocates a sustainable and eco-friendly ethos. To highlight the importance of this, during every camp we encourage all guests to think about energy waste and water sustainability, promoting one minute showers and highlighting the importance of a low carbon footprint. A new project on-site sees a home-made garden dedicated to inspiring the next generation of eco-friendly enthusiasts. So far the patch has successfully sprouted an array of herbs and vegetables, starting with: mint, rosemary, basil, pepper, fig and tomato.
As environmental education is a vital part of conservation efforts, it is always encouraging to notice how enthused the students are about protecting their planet. The next step is to incorporate the garden into one of our environmental sessions, where students brainstorm their own ideas about sustainable living and can get the chance to decorate and plant their own recycled pot. This amongst other projects will develop and expand the eco-friendly theme of our 2016 camps.