The first of the 10,500 animals set to take up residence at Dubai Safari Park have arrived at their new home.
Dubai Municipality posted a series of videos on social media on Tuesday showing the delivery of numerous creatures direct from a sister site in Seoul, South Korea. The shipment included nine lions, four bears, nine monkeys and 10 bats.
In total some 350 different species will be represented when the park opens later this year, with significant effort being made to ensure the rare and endangered are ethically and responsibly cared for.
Spread across an enormous 119 hectare site in the Al Warqa district of Dubai - out near Dragon Mart - the Dhs1bn project is as much a nature reserve and specialist treatment centre for those animals under threat in their natural habitat as it is set to be a major tourist attraction.
In line with the release of the videos, Director General of Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah revealed more about the park, which will replace the unpopular Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah.
"This whole project once completed will indeed put Dubai on the map for those who will expect only the best from a zoo or safari park. The knowledge and ethical care for the animals will soon have Dubai Safari recognised as a world leader," he said.
Experts from all over the world have been employed by the park, with responsibility for the acclimatisation and general well-being of the new arrivals now theres.
In January, Time Out Dubai was granted special access to the progress of Dubai Safari Park by developers Cape Reed, a world-leading design, construction and installation firm from South Africa, who are helping create key areas within the park, such as the giraffe feeding zone, hippo viewing, elephant interaction, an observation tower and tram system.