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Falconry is strictly controlled by both federal and local emirate laws. These ensure that the falcons are well-treated and kept in good conditions. There is even a programme for releasing falcons back to the wild after the hunting season.
This Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Project is run by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), and was initiated as a result of Sheikh Zayed's desire that the falcons he used for hunting every year should should continue to live in their natural state and not be completely domesticated. Birds are put into isolation at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and are given check-ups to ensure that only healthy birds are released into the wild.
The falcons that are due for release are exercised to ensure that they are released in peak condition. They also receive extra food to increase their weight and improve their chances of survival when they are first released to the wild. The birds are released close to the migratory routes of wild falcons.