The Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre on the outskirts of Kalba, celebrates the rich biodiversity of wildlife in the Al Hajar Mountains. The centre, now home to more than 30 animal species, lies at the base of the mountain range, and is spread over 12 square kilometres.
While some nocturnal animals such as snakes, lizards and hedgehogs, are kept in indoor enclosures, others roam freely in their natural habitat.
Among the highlights are the critically endangered Arabian leopard, and the threatened Arabia Tahr, Arabian wolf, Striped hyena amongst others.
Visitors to the conservation centre can view the indoor exhibits and installations or ride in golf carts around the reserve to see the animals in the wild. The cafeteria offer a vantage point to view gazelles and a souvenir shop provides interesting items that can be carried home a a keepsake.
We were particularly impressed by the various media used through the centre that in addition be visually appealing and informative, serve to engage the visitor. A must visit if you are in the area.
The centre is open from 9.00 am to 6.30 pm on weekdays, except Mondays. Tickets are priced at Dh 25 for adults and entry is free to children below 12.