European Journal of Wildlife Research

, Volume 62, Issue 5, pp 627–631

Rediscovering the Arabian sand cat (Felis margarita harrisoni) after a gap of 10 years using camera traps in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • Shakeel Ahmed
  • Rashid Al Zaabi
  • Pritpal Soorae
  • Junid N. Shah
  • Eissa Al Hammadi
  • Ricardo Pusey
  • Sheikha Al Dhaheri
Short Communication

Abstract

We provide confirmed sightings of the elusive Arabian sand cat (Felis margarita harrisoni) using trail camera traps in Baynouna Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. A total of 46 photographs were obtained using five camera traps, during 278 trap nights, between March and December 2015. A total of three individuals were recorded of which one was confirmed as a male. About 80 % of the sightings were between 00:00 and 06:00 h, and 39 % were recorded during the full moon phase. These are the first confirmed sightings of the presence of Arabian sand cat in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate after an unconfirmed sighting reported in 2005.

Keywords

Abu Dhabi Camera traps Arabia Felis margarita harrisoni Baynouna 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shakeel Ahmed
    • 1
  • Rashid Al Zaabi
    • 1
  • Pritpal Soorae
    • 1
  • Junid N. Shah
    • 1
  • Eissa Al Hammadi
    • 1
  • Ricardo Pusey
    • 1
  • Sheikha Al Dhaheri
    • 1
  1. 1.Terrestrial & Marine Biodiversity Management Sector, Environment Agency - Abu DhabiAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

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