Arabian Oryx are seen at the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Um al-Zamool, near the United Arab Emirates’ border with Saudi Arabia on March 23, 2017. The sanctuary stretches over an estimated area of 8,900 square kilometers and currently hosts nearly 155 of the species, which were reintroduced into the its natural habitat in the UAE in a five-year conservation plan launched by UAE’s late ruler Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, after fears of their extinction.
The Ras al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is Dubai’s only desert wetland. It occupies about 2.4 square miles on the banks of Dubai Creek and comprises of mudflats, lagoons, pools and mangroves.
“87,000 miles. 44 airline flights. 396 days. 35 countries. 1 family.”
That would be the epic movie tagline for the Rivenbark family, of Howard County, who recently returned from a 13-month trip around the globe. The family —- consisting of mom Julie, dad Tim, Tyler, 12, and Kara, 10 — sold their house, and their cars; Julie quit her job, Tim took a leave of absence. And the kids did their homeschool work while on safari in Africa, in a hotel in Nepal or whenever they could find time.
The family kept a near-daily blog, which was fed by stunning photos from Julie and fun, educational videos from Tyler. A short documentary about the Rivenbark’s trip is below.