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Achieving Economic Feasibility and Environmental Balance.. Ostriches in Aleppo Badia for First Time.

Aleppo, North, Syria, (SANA)- Aleppo Badia includes 7 Natural Reserves extend over an area of 31,000 hectares out of the total area of the Syrian Badia estimated at 248,000 hectares.

Al-Adami natural reserve, 100Km southeast Aleppo, is considered one of these reserves.

It includes different spices of plants like al-qabar and al-marar plants, birds like the lark and the hoopoe and animals like the white antelope and Arabian deer and recently added 12 ostriches.

Director of Badia Board, Aleppo Branch Badreddin Mohammed said Aleppo Branch, in cooperation with al-Adami natural reserve, provided a 75-hectare area for the movement of the birds surrounded by a metal fence, shaded by umbrellas and big cages and supplied with drinking fountains.

Deputy Director of Badia Board Abdel Samad Battal said the Ostrich is a bird eats grass.

It has a salt gland to clean salt from its body in a way that enables it to drink salt water, which is one of the main feature of the animals of desert areas.

Battal pointed out that the Ostrich lives 45 to 60 years and in rare cases it lives 80 years.

The birds' productive age estimated at 40 to 45 years.

It weighs, at age of three, about 100 kg.

The Ostrich has different colors; each color indicates different kind, as the African Ostrich has black neck, there are also the red and blue Ostriches.

The Ostrich breeds by egg, as the females start giving egg at age of three.

The Ostrich egg weighs 1250 g.

Supervisor of the reserve Vet Mohammed Abedin said the Ostrich has several benefits as its meat is considered one of the high quality and delicious red meat due to its high food value, richness of proteins and vitamin and contains low amount of fat.

It's leather is considered one of the high quality and expensive leather in the world for its durability and resistance to water, as well as its feathers are used in upholstery and decoration, while the eyes of Ostrich are used in medicine.

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Date:Feb 5, 2011
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