Endangered Arabian Wildlife Centre
in 1999 the Endangered Arabian Wildlife Centre is adjacent to the already
renowned Desert Park Natural History Museum in Sharjah. After several
years in the design and making, this state-of-the-art facility has enjoyed
almost immediate success with a number of endangered species, such as
the Arabian leopard (Panthera pardus), Blanford's fox (Vulpes cana), white-tailed
mongoose (Ichneumia albicauda), sand cat (Felis margarita) and Gordon's
wildcat (Felis sylvestris gordoni), the last-named being confined to the
UAE and northern Oman.
Less glamorous species have not been neglected by the centre, with reptiles
featuring prominently, as does the Omani blind cave fish (Garra barreimiae).
Over 140 species of local fauna are held in the collections, all of which
are subject to research and attempts to breed them.
The new centre, along with the Desert Park, falls under the jurisdiction
of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority of the Office of the
Ruler of Sharjah. A network of reserves representative of each of the
habitat types recognised in Sharjah emirate will be created in due course
and, in some instances, restocking will take place, this being undertaken
using captive-bred animals.