Arabian Tahr

Arabitragus Jayakari

Species name: Arabian Tahr
Scientific name: Arabitragus jayakari

Locally known as: Tahr

Description: The Arabian Tahr (Arabitragus jayakari) is a species of Tahr native to eastern Arabia. It is the smallest species of its kind, with a stocky build and backward-arching horns.

IUCN status: Endangered

Key threats:  Habitat destruction, hunting, predation and climate change.

Where they're found today: The entire wild global population of Arabian Tahr occurs in the Hajar Mountains, between Oman and the UAE. It is estimated that there are only 15 left in Abu Dhabi Emirate.

Abu Dhabi’s efforts: EAD has been running a wildlife and assessment monitoring programme since 2011. We monitor the Arabian Tahr through a system of remote infra-red camera traps on Jabal Hafit.

Fun facts:

  1. They are found most commonly at an elevation of 1,000 metres above sea level, but have been found living nearly 2,315 metres above sea level as well.
  2. They are the smallest species of Tahr in the world.