Camera traps in the United Arab Emirates
WWF camera traps in the Wadi Wurayah area have captured shots of the secretive Blanford’s fox and the Arabian tahr, a wild mountain goat only found in the UAE and Oman.
Other rare and endangered wildlife species still found in the area include the Arabian leopard and caracal.
Unfortunately, these species are disappearing fast, threatened by hunting and rampant development of their habitat.
The mountain gazelle and the Arabian wolf are thought to be already extinct in these areas.
WWF, together with the Emirates Wildlife Society and Fujairah Municipality, and with support from HSBC, are working towards the creation of a Wadi Wurayah Protected Area to ensure the future of these species and the unique landscape in which they live.
The camera traps play an important role in surveying the area’s biodiversity and the development of a conservation and management plan.
The name Wadi Wurayah comes from Al Waraa, the Arabic name for water reeds. The area has been used by locals for thousands of years as an important source of water. Several different freshwater habitats are found there, ranging from temporary pools to small mountain streams.