Rediscovery of Caracal Caracal caracal (Schreber, 1776) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) in Abu Dhabi Emirate, UAE

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Robert Gubiani
Rashed Al Zaabi
Justin Chuven
Pritpal Soorae


We present evidence confirming the presence of Caracal Caracal caracal in Abu Dhabi Emirate.  Camera trap deployment into areas likely to harbour elusive species revealed the presence of at least one male individual with 37 records in 683 camera trap days over a seven-month period.  These records represent the first confirmed presence of Caracal in Abu Dhabi Emirate since 1965.  Both diurnal and nocturnal records highlighted varied activity patterns of this generally elusive species.  Foraging activity occurred primarily during low luminosity levels associated with the new moon.  The evidence obtained proves the presence of Arabian Caracal in a location long suspected of providing suitable habitat for this species.

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