Sharjah Natural History Museum and Desert Park
The Natural History Museum and Desert Park in Sharjah allows visitors to learn about the flora and fauna of the Arabian Desert.The children's farm allows children to have close contact with farm animals. The kitchen serves fresh milk, homemade cheese, and yogurt. A beehive can be watched as bees fly in and out through a transparent tube.A Breeding Center for Endangered Arabian Animals began 1998, but the center is not open to the general public, because the animals need peace and quiet to breed.The Diorama Hall depicts the various desert habitats from the East Coast to West Coast of Sharjah. Photographs of plants, birds and animals are found throughout the exhibit.The geology hall presents a lively geological exhibit by telling the story of life on earth since the beginning of creation. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tectonic plate drift and the Big Bang theory can be viewed in audiovisual presentations.The Flora Hall presents two continuous movies on wildflowers and desert ecology as well as educational video games. The botany section is located outside with the Wildflower Gardens and the recreated desert habitats.
Sharjah - Arabian Wildlife Center
The Arabian Wildlife Center features over 100 species of current and extinct animals from the Arabian Peninsula. The reptile, fish and insect house feature Arabian snakes including the venomous vipers and adders, monitor lizards and chameleons. Common insects such as camel spiders and scorpions are exhibited.The bird aviary at the Arabian Wildlife Center in Sharjah contains several species of songbirds, Indian Roller birds, Houbara Bustard and flamingos. The aviary is set in a wadi and desert environment with a walk-through cave containing a tank with blind cave fish from Oman.Beside the aviary are the smaller cats of the desert such as the Caracal, the Wildcat and the Sand Cat.The nocturnal house displays a variety of mammals including three species of fox, porcupines, hedgehogs, mongoose and twelve rodent species.Other animals on display include baboons, wolves, hyena, cheetah and the rare Arabian leopard.