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READING PASSAGE 1 Questions 1 – 13
You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1 – 13 which are based on
Reading Passage 1 below.
THE BIG CATS AT THE SHARJAH BREEDING CENTRE
It is one of the few places where you will be able to spot them all at the same time… the
Arabian wolf, an African cheetah, an Arabian leopard, an oryx, a gazelle. These are just some of
the animals, which, on the brink of extinction, are now getting a new lease of life thanks to the
exemplary work being done at the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife in Sharjah.
Sharjah is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. The Breeding
Centre’s expertise and facilities have made it a prime destination for illegally imported animals
confscated by UAE and Sharjah authorities. In the last four years, more than 900 mammals and
reptiles and 969 birds have arrived at the centre, including 25 North African cheetahs, Houbara
bustard and falcons, lions, a baby Nile crocodile and a Burmese python that was left in a rental car
at the airport.
The 25 cheetahs were all imported illegally into the UAE and were intercepted at the UAE
harbour and airport entry points. They nearly all arrived malnourished, dehydrated and highly
stressed after long voyages stuffed into boxes, crates and suitcases. Now they are bright and full
of energy. The Centre’s efforts have also been rewarded when the frst cheetah mating took place
at the end of 2002. Playing matchmaker with these beautiful creatures is no easy task – successful
breeding requires considerable patience and intimate knowledge of each animal’s personality, and
it is the result of intensive and expert management of each animal within the group as well as of the
group as a whole.