The Sharjah Desert Park is separated into 4 areas:
Natural History Museum
What sets the Natural History Museum apart, from other local museums, is its focus on the history of the Middle East rather than just the UAE. Major sections in the museum include Geology - a look at how the Middle East and early life was formed; Flora - plant life and desert ecology; Marine - overview of various aquatic life in the region. Set aside about 1 hour to go through the entire museum.
Arabia´s Wildlife Centre
More than just a zoo, the Arabia´s Wildlife Centre brings various reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals, from the Middle East, under one roof for all to see! The first section is the Reptile and Insect House; you´ll get to see various snakes, beetles, lizards, scorpions, frogs and toads. Next up, is a large indoor Aviary where none of the birds are kept in cages and are left to fly freely... might want to watch out for any presents as they fly overhead. You´ll know the moment you´ve entered the Nocturnal section from the pitch black surroundings. Once adjusted to the low light - bats, rats and nocturnal cats are some of the various attractions to see in this section. Finally, the end of the centre is home to some of the bigger animals in the region with baboons, cheetahs and leopards making their appearance.
Off limits to the general public, the Breeding Centre was setup to help in the conservation and protection of endangered species in the region. One such project, the Arabian Leopard Project, looks at boosting the population of the Arabian Leopard whose numbers have dwindled to less than 100 in the region.
For more info, the Sharjah Desert Park contact 06 5311999. The park is open weekdays from 09:00 - 18:00 (closed on Monday), Thursday 11:00 - 18:00 and Friday 14:00 - 18:00.