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Al Ain Wildlife Park becomes BGCI Patron member!

28 January 2010

date plam trunkWe are delighted that the groundbreaking Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort has become a Patron member of BGCI, joining the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Chicago Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney as our current Patron Gardens. 

These institutions act as key partners to BGCI and help to shape our programmes of work in a mutually beneficial way.

The Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort (AWPR) is home to one of the world’s largest and most ambitious conservation programmes.


Focussing on threatened animal and plant life from the world’s arid regions, the AWPR is involved in research, captive breeding and propagation and the reintroduction of threatened species to their wild habitats.

The Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort stands on more than 900 hectares of land containing a world leading arid land botanic gardens and plant collection.


calatropis proceraIts seed banks and nurseries contain collections of the UAE’s native species along with a unique collection of endangered desert plants from Arabia and North East Africa.

In addition to creating desert landscapes, the botanic team at AWPR is establishing gardens for desert palms and cacti, seasonal exhibitions of ephemeral desert annuals and collections of local date palm cultivars.

BGCI is currently working extensively with AWPR on the development of their education strategy.



Education Kit on Combating Desertification Division of Ecological Sciences


2010 - International year of Biodiversity


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Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort
In a unique desert setting on the edge of Al Ain, a historic oasis settlement in the United Arab Emirates, the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort is a place for people to come and learn about arid land wildlife and conservation through vivid, first hand experience.

International Organisation for Succulent Plant Study (IOS)
The International Organization for Succulent Plant Study (IOS) was established in 1950 in Switzerland, with the aim to promote the study and conservation of succulent and allied plants and to encourage international co-operation amongst those interested in them.

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Rare Jordanian Plant Prints
Bruce Pearson has produced this fine art limited edition woodcut while visiting the new Botanic Garden in Jordan. It features Black Iris (Iris petrana) and wild Tulip (Tulipa agenensis). Ten prints have been donated by the artist to raise funds for BGCI - act now to secure yours.