For the first time in 10 years of absence, the Arabian sand cat (Felis margarita harrisoni) returns to the eyes of researchers: a team of scientists from the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi has managed to photograph three specimens, with the help of food lures and hidden cameras.
Award-winning patience. The shots were taken in 2015 in the Baynouna area, in the western region of the United Arab Emirates, after 278 nights of stalking. It has been since 2005 that one could not observe one of these wild felines, living in the desert, and the new data will serve to understand distribution and behavior.
Al fresco. All the meetings took place at night, from midnight to six in the morning, and at mild temperatures (between 11 and 28 ° C). In 39% of the cases there was the full moon, and together with the feline it was also possible to photograph its preys: the Gerboa of the desert and the gerbil, two small rodents; and some reptiles and geckos, which could provide information on the type of feeding of the rare cat.