In addition to raising awareness on the conservation challenges, the programme is a significant step for aquariums worldwide in developing skills to self-sustain populations without having to source from the wild.
It is exciting to take a trailblazing role in the fight to save the Sand Tiger Shark species.
We are hopeful that our efforts will set a research benchmark in assisted reproduction of sharks as well as inspire aquariums globally to develop skills to self-sustain their inhabitants.
We are confident that the techniques learnt in Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo will eventually be applied to the conservation of sharks worldwide.” As part of the programme, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo expects to set scientific protocols in areas including the handling of Sand Tiger Sharks, sperm collection and its cryopreservation, ultrasound monitoring of female sharks and hormone analysis to assess their reproductive cycle, the artificial insemination process and potential live birth of pups.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, a flagship asset of Emaar Retail LLC, is marking a global historic first with the launch of a pioneering assisted breeding programme for one of its star inhabitants, the Sand Tiger Shark.
Dubai Aquarium has the largest of its kind aquarium population of Sand Tiger Sharks also known as the Grey Nurse Shark, which is listed as ecologically ‘Vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.