The Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife (BCEAW) was established on 1998, the year Sharjah was announced as the Arab Cultural Capital and was attended by Federico Mayor, Director-General of the UNESCO.
BCEAW was purpose built for breeding the regions threatened wildlife and has become a base for the conservation and research of all of Arabia’s indigenous fauna and flora.
The BCEAW has been instrumental in setting up and running conservation breeding programs for some of the regions most threatened species, including the Arabian Leopard and Arabian Cobra and participates in several international breeding programs for Cheetah, Sand Cat, Striped Hyaena and Nubian Ibex to name a few.
Over the years BCEAW has built up strong ties with facilities, institutes, government departments and field researchers, on both regionally and internationally. This cooperation has made it possible for environmental planning and management to be discussed cooperatively, rather than each area of responsibility dealt with on an individual basis. This approach has reaped great benefits for the wildlife and habitats of Arabia, with expertise and resources being shared amongst people with a common goal.