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  • Discover
    The Sahara's amazing wildlife
    Antelopes that survive without water, plants that
    stay green without rain, fox with ears that radiate heat
    and capture the tiniest sounds of an insect's feet.
    The desert is not only beautiful but also
    home of thousands plants and animals adapted
    to life in very special part of our planet.
  • Antelopes
    Antelopes are ruminant hoofed mammals of the family Bovidae in
    the order of even-toed ungulates (Artiodactyla). Antelopes are
    spread relatively evenly throughout the various subfamilies of
    Bovidae and many are more closely related to cows or goats than
    to each other. In the Sahara, there are two species of antelope: the
    addax and the scimitar-horned oryx.
  • Gazelles
    Gazelles are small to medium-sized bovids belonging to the sub-family
    Antilopinae. They inhabit the deserts, grasslands
    and savannas of Africa, southwest and central Asia, and the Indian
    Subcontinent. They live in herds and eat easily digestible plants
    and leaves. There are five Saharan gazelles, four smaller belonging
    to the genus Gazella (dorcas, slender-horned, Cuvier’s and
    red-fronted) and one belonging to the larger Nanger group (dama).
  • Birds
    Lying at the interface between tropical Africa and temperate
    Europe, the Sahara boasts an unexpectedly rich avifauna. Apart
    from a surprisingly high number of resident breeding species, the
    Sahara provides useful habitat for northern birds in the winter and
    afrotropical birds during the summer. It is also a regular highway
    for many migrants travelling between Africa and Eurasia twice a
    year.
  • Small Mammals
  • Fox & Cats
    With its abundance of gerbils, jerboas, beetles, scorpions and
    lizards, the Sahara is blessed with an amazing variety of small
    carnivores. All live largely nocturnal existences, finding respite
    from the intense heat by burrowing. The ecology and behaviour
    behind their ability to coexist is still largely unknown. Likewise,
    their conservation status, with many species simply listed as “Data
    Deficient” in the IUCN Red List.
  • Large Carnivores
    The large carnivore community of the Sahara is unexpectedly rich
    but as elsewhere in the world, suffers enormously from prejudice
    and persecution. Most species are extremely rare, something
    compounded by natural scarcity in relation to available prey.
    Especially persecuted are striped hyenas and golden jackals, the
    latter being responsible for the most part of smallstock losses.
    Successfully resolving livestock predation issues is a cornerstone
    to saving carnivores from extinction.
  • Reptiles
    & Amphibians