Rare creature caught on camera in UAE after 17 years

Web Report/Abu Dhabi
Filed on March 30, 2019
Rare creature caught on camera in UAE after 17 years


Earlier, another threatened species was spotted after 45 years.

A rare creature has been spotted in UAE after 17 years.

According to a video posted by Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi, the Blanford's fox (Vulpes cana) was recorded on Jebel Hafeet National Park after an absence of 17 years in March 2019.

This mountain 'specialist' species was recorded on EAD's camera traps on Jebel Hafeet.

An omnivorous, it mainly eats plants and small insects. They are also well suited to climbing and jumping over rocks and cliff faces.

Earlier in February, the agency recorded the sighting of the Arabian Caracal (Caracal schmitzi) on Jebel Hafeet National Park in Al Ain.

The medium-sized, sand-coloured cat with characteristically elongated, tufted black ears was last seen in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1984.

Footage of the Caracal, called Al Washaq in Arabic, was captured on a remote camera from a network of over 45 cameras operated by EAD as part of its long-term monitoring programme of important and threatened species within critical habitats and protected areas across Abu Dhabi.

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