Arabian oryx is the prime species on offer in United Arab Emirates.
By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
International hunters are now able to hunt in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In a January 31 email bulletin, we shared the news that Mayo Oldiri Safaris (www.mayoldiri.com
; +011-34-91-564-9431) is now marketing hunts in UAE for Arabian oryx, sand (rhim) gazelle and mountain gazelle. This is the only hunting opportunity available on the Arabian Peninsula. Mayo Oldiri's name is familiar to readers from its safari operations in Cameroon under PH Antonio Reguera. We heard from General Manager Raquel Reguera about the UAE hunts.
"We have entered into a partnership to promote hunts for the first-ever legal hunting operation in the United Arab Emirates. Clients will have exclusive access to a large area in the Remah Desert with undulating dunes and desert flora inhabited by native game species," Reguera told us in January. This is the only opportunity to hunt Arabian oryx and sand gazelle in the native range of these species. It is possible to hunt mountain gazelle in Turkey (see Article 3502
At the SCI convention in Las Vegas in early February, Editor-in-Chief Barbara Crown spoke with Raquel Reguera for additional details about this operation, which is part of an upscale resort near Al Ain. Hunting is behind a fence in a 2,000-hectare area (about 4,900 acres) of characteristic rolling dunes.
Says Reguera, "This is a former military training area that became a wildlife preserve with the military fence still intact. Once you have crossed the first set of dunes the fence is no longer visible. The preserve has been a conservation success, which persuaded the UAE government to allow a hunting quota. There is also an adjacent 6,000-hectare area (about 15,850 acres) used for falconry.