The Arabian Leopard Trust, Sharjah

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In 1993 a volunteer organization was formed to pro mote the conservation of indigenous wildlife in the United Arab Emirates, particularly the Arabian leopard Panthera pardus nimr. The Arabian Leoparc Trust has been successful in increasing awareness of threatened wildlife and in bringing together single animals, already in captivity, for breeding purposes In 1995 the Trust funded a wildlife and habitat survey which confirmed the existence of a number of species previously unrecorded or believed to be extinct in the area. In October 1995 the Leopard Group of Arabia was established comprising a working committee which aims to promote cooperation between participating countries in captive breeding, research, legislation and the creation of national nature reserves.

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