Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency Announces Successful Rescue
Today, the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced the successful rescue and rehabilitation of Malquot the dugong. After being separated from his mother in 2019 and stranded, EAD deployed a team of specialists, which included Worldwide Zoo Consultants (WZC) aquatic mammal experts to assess the situation. There are very few other known cases of a calf surviving separation from their mother at such an early age. Malquot was successfully rescued and relocated to a specialized facility in Abu Dhabi where a team of trainers and veterinarians from WZC nursed him back to health. Today, nearly 4 years old, Malquot is thriving and in excellent condition. Tommy Wilken, CEO of Worldwide Zoo Consultants said, “Our team of professionals spent countless hours, including nearly 6 months of constant hands-on care and we could not be more proud of the results and also to have such a supportive partner in EAD. This is a tremendous success story and Malquot is truly an ambassador for the conservation of his species”. Dugongs are classified as Vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN.
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