After the camel races, the tour driver took us to an "Oryx Farm." The oryz is the national animal for Qatar. I'm not big on animals, but I think it's in the antelop family. It's a beautiful desert creature - like a big black and white deer with 2 straight horns a top it's head - that has pulled itself out of the endangered category, but just barely.
I thought we would see beautiful oryx's roaming in a natural habitat. Boy was I wrong. It was the saddest little zoo you could imagine. Poorly fed, poorly cleaned, poorly cared for animals in tiny cages. They were filthy, smelly, malnourished, diseased, and skittish animals. They even had dogs in cages. Oh those poor dogs!!! I can't even post any pictures because it just breaks my heart.
|Feeding the camel at the zoo|
|Exterior of the museum|
And finally, here are a few more random pictures from Mom's visit ...
|boys at soccer practice|
|Souq Waqif in the day time|
(high end shopping and apartments on the harbor full of yachts)
|Boys at the Pearl|