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The Green Planet Dubai welcomes the Region’s first two echidnas this Easter

  • Dubai’s very own tropical rainforest to be the new home of the region’s first two echidnas 
  • In celebration of Easter, guests will be able to meet the egg-laying echidnas from 5 April onwards in a special meet and greet along with a Biologist Talk 
  • The Green planet to host Easter Egg Hunt for children and adults 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Guests are in for an eggcellent Easter treat as the region’s first male and female short-beaked echidnas are joining The Green Planet Family on 5th April.

Scientifically known as Tachyglossus aculeatus, the egg-laying Echidnas are ready to be introduced to the Green Planet’s guests in a special meet and greet along with a Biologist Talk from 5th April to 11th April. Guests can take a photo of a lifetime as they meet one of the only two egg-laying mammals in the world and learn about their behaviour, diet, habitat and many other fun facts with the Green Planet’s expert biologist. 

Sara Stevens, Head of Operations and Curator at The Green Planet, said “We are thrilled to welcome two adorable echidnas to the region for the very first time. Typically found in Australia, including Tasmania, these fascinating creatures are a unique addition to the bio-dome. There’s so much to learn about these species and we’re glad to offer our guests an educational experience while spreading more local awareness of the species and enhancing support for conservation.” 

Families can also look forward to themed activities as they meet the echidnas. The entire bio-dome is going to be decorated with large colourful Easter eggs from 5th April to 30th April for an eggciting Easter Egg hunt. As guests interact with the exotic animals and plants, they can spot and count the Easter eggs and tag @theGreenPlanetDubai in their pictures to win two VIP passes.

Adding to the festivities, on 9th April, the first 100 children to visit The Green Planet Café and say the magic words “The Echidna is here” will be handed over an Easter Egg surprise. 

For some added egg-citement, The Green Planet is organizing Easter egg crafts and decorations in the café from 5th April to 9th April that will keep the young ones entertained for hours from. 

As friends and families explore the indoor rainforest, they can also say hello and take pictures with the awesome ‘Friends of The Green Planet’, the official ambassadors of the bio-dome from Monday to Friday at 2pm and 4pm, as well as weekends at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. 

The Green Planet offers a wide range of activities and animal meet and greets for guests of all ages, including tropical birds, sloths and reptiles, along with the anteater! Guests can also experience an adventure of a lifetime and become Zookeeper For the Day in an exclusive program where they will be escorted by an expert team to venture behind the scenes, visit the laboratories and understand how to nurture some of the most incredible and endangered species on the planet. 

Home to over 3,000 plants and animals across four indoor rainforest levels, the city’s very own tropical rainforest is all set to host its guests to yet another fun experience with the latest addition to its rich ecosystem.

Fun facts about the echidnas:

  • Echidnas are covered in fur and spines and have a distinctive snout with no teeth, and a specialized tongue which it uses to catch their insect prey at great speed. 
  • Echidnas can grow up to 40 cm and 7 kg and weigh between 2 kg and 5 kg. 
  • Echidnas are monotreme, echidnas oviparous, meaning they lay eggs similar to birds or reptiles. As a comparison, most mammals are viviparous, meaning they give live birth. 
  • When threatened, echidnas will curl into a ball using their spines to defend themselves. 
  • Termites and ants are the preferred food; however, earthworms, beetles and moth larvae are also part of the echidna’s diet.
  • To survive extreme weather, echidnas burrow into the soil, hide under vegetation and shelter in hollow logs, rock crevices and in burrows.
  • Echidnas play an important role in their environment by being “environment engineers.” They spend a large amount of time digging and moving soil which helps improve soil mixing and water penetration, reduces run off and erosion, and generally makes for healthier soils which leads to improved plant growth. 
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