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Scientists spot rare wild cat in Fujairah wadi - report

Camera traps set up by the ecologists spot rare wild cat in Wadi Wurayah.

Scientists spot rare wild cat in Fujairah wadi - report
WILD WADI: Wadi Wurayah is a 129-kilometre-square area that was officially declared the UAEs first protected mountain area. (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

A never-before-seen wild cat has been spotted in the protected zone of Wadi Wurayah on the East Coast, according to a report.

Camera traps set up by the ecologists working in the mountainous area of Fujairah have captured an image of a rare breed of wild cat (Felis silvestris lybica) whose presence was, until now, just assumed thanks to some elusive tracks, newswire WAM quoted a Gulf News daily report as saying.

Wadi Wurayah is a 129-kilometre-square area that was officially declared the UAE's first protected mountain area by Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah in March 2009, WAM added.

The discovery of the wild cat demonstrates the high ecological value of the area to the ongoing preservation of the UAE and Middle East's wildlife, it said.

"The discovery underpins the importance of protecting the Wadi Wurayah area. We have not seen a wild cat for many years and it is vital that we do our utmost to protect the area, allowing the wildlife residing there to flourish," said Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Director of Emirates Wildlife Society-World Wildlife Fund for Nature, according to newswire WAM.

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Peter Dickinson 10 years ago

I am delighted to learn of this important discovery. I did see and keep a number of these wild cats back in the 1970's whilst working in the UAE. It is heartening to learn they are still present. http://zoonewsdigest.blogspot.com/