Al Areen

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Crowned Crane, or "those birds with the hairdos"

It was still raining today, and coolish, so we decided to go to Al Areen.  This is a wildlife park that was Considerably Better Signposted than the Tree of Life, which you can imagine was something of a relief. 

I'll write a review with all the entrance price information for you at some point.  Al Areen is mostly dedicated, reasonably enough, to animals that live in the desert, and, for some reason that I do not fully understand, ducks.  There is a slightly bored looking camel, not a patch on the herd yesterday, some giraffes, and a great many gazelles, ibexes, and goats, and everything in between.  The gazelles, Arabian wild sheep, and ibexes are part of a conservation effort.  According to the Guide Bloke, who was very friendlyand spoke pretty much perfect English, the animals spend half their lives in pens being looked at by tourists and the other half in the desert breeding and conserving the species, as part of one of the Royal Family members' efforts to manage the nations heritage whilst building many, many hotels.

Good idea!
  All the animals certainly seemed as glossy as can be imagined, perfectly relaxed, and none of them were doing the pacing up and down that miserable animals do.  Except the Ostriches.  but they were roaming about free, and I think Ostriches are just naturally pacey!

There were also, as mentioned, many ducks.  i do not know if ducks are native to the region, although I think that the flamingos might be.  The Crowned Cranes (or those big birds with the hairdos, as I like to think about them) were also pretty impressive. 

We spent a long time cooing over some babies on the bus; this seems like a popular place for Bahraini mums to take very small children to look at animals and run about, which is possibly because children everywhere seem to love zoos, and this one seemed very reasonably priced (1BD, or about £2, as opposed to the £10 or £15 you could pay for a similar place in the UK).

Me and a falcon
  After that, we went for another wander to look at teh falcon, which can be seen flapping about on my hand in the photos, and taking hundreds of photos of the goat kids head butting each other off logs and skipping about.  They are very very cute. 

On the way home, we got lost in some road works.  This was a common occurence this trip, as the signs seem to only make sense if you know what you are doing already.  I did wonder if this was some sort of cultural legacy from the British - we are stunning at designing signage that only makes sense in hindsight after you are lost and on your way back from a U-Turn in a construction yard.  But apparently this is a universal human being thing, at least wherever there are cars.

A duck
 

That evening, we went to dinner in a very nice turkish restaurant called Anatolia, where I encountered my new favourite drink in the world, lemon juice with mint in it.  The juices in Bahrain are much more interesting than the usual british choice of orange juice, water, coke or lemonade, and I'm going to try to make this at home.  Richard's friend Ahmed came to dinner, adn very kindly offered to ask his friend from the museum to show us around one of the archeological sites in Bahrain.  Then we drove out to the Bahrain Fort, which is on the site of the ancient capital of Dilmun.  Dilmun was an ancient, pre old Testament civilisation and the Fort is late mediaval.  the fort looked incredibly impressive lit up in the dark, and Lorna and I were very keen to go back. 

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Crowned Crane, or those birds wit…
Crowned Crane, or "those birds wi…
Good idea!
Good idea!
Me and a falcon
Me and a falcon
A duck
A duck
Ginger goat!
Ginger goat!
No-one was hurt, the paper said, s…
No-one was hurt, the paper said, …
Not getting on so well
Not getting on so well
Cute goat kids
Cute goat kids
The bus, which is air conditioned
The bus, which is air conditioned
More goats
More goats
Me, looking elegant as ever
Me, looking elegant as ever
Flamingos, and some ducks
Flamingos, and some ducks
Flamingo
Flamingo
A Palm Dave.  Sometimes, typing e…
A Palm Dave.  Sometimes, typing …
Tortoise
Tortoise
Flowers
Flowers
Giraffes
Giraffes
Giraffe
Giraffe
Arabian hunting dogs
Arabian hunting dogs
Some different gazelles, and an emu
Some different gazelles, and an emu
An Ibex, maybe?
An Ibex, maybe?
Gazelles
Gazelles
The stuff that looked like grass, …
The stuff that looked like grass,…
Sheep
Sheep
goats
goats
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Many, many gazelles
Al Areen is a conservation and wildlife park in Bahrain. Your visit consists of a bus tour, and a walk around the gardens near the entrance. The mai… read entire review