Arabian Sand Gazelle
Species name: Arabian sand gazelle
Scientific name: Gazella marica
Locally known as: Al Reem
Description: The Arabian sand gazelle is a graceful species of gazelle native to deserts in the Arabian Peninsula. It lives in sand dunes and coastal flats, and avoids steep and rocky areas.
IUCN status: Vulnerable
Key threats: Uncontrolled hunting and habitat degradation.
Where they're found today: Desert regions and protected areas across the Arabian Peninsula.
Abu Dhabi’s efforts: EAD completed the implementation of a pioneer project that aimed at assessing the genetic diversity of the Arabian sand gazelle population in forests. Today, these forests now serve as shelter to over 55,000 Individuals of gazelles.
- Arabian sand gazelles are the only gazelle species in the region that birth twins.
- Although its numbers are severely limited in the wild, its population is significantly higher in captivity, reserves, or in breeding programmes.