5 Arabian animals that are threatened with extinction.. Get to know them
Two lovely female Arabian tigers were born at the Royal Commission for AIUIa Center Breeding Center in Taif, Saudi Arabia. Considered an endangered animal, with fewer than 200 tigers in existence, the birth of the cubs was an event that sparked a celebratory mood over Saudi Arabia’s growing conservation efforts.
Despite the pleasant event, unfortunately not only are Arabian cheetahs endangered, but so are many other animals across the Middle East, the Scoop team has compiled a group of endangered Arabian cheetahs that should be given more attention.
We follow 5 Arabian animals that are threatened with extinction
1- Egyptian eagle:
Protection status: Endangered
This disheveled, bright yellow bird with its white feathers surrounded by black feathers is in danger of extinction. You might think based on its name that it is only found in the sky of Egypt, however, this bird does not like to be on a leash as you can find it on three different continents, Asia, Europe and Africa. He likes to hang out in mountains, plains, swamps, savannas, and areas near where people live. This is why you can find them in fishing ports or slaughterhouses.
As scavengers, their diet includes carrion, turtles and even animal excrement. These birds are actually great for the ecosystem because they dispose of the carcasses and thus stop the spread of harmful diseases. Unfortunately, the main threat behind the potential extinction of this bird is human activity, with illegal poisoning as the biggest contributor. Other causes include electrocution as well as collisions with wind turbines.
did you know It is considered one of the few animals that use tools for hunting or foraging, for example, to crack an ostrich egg, instead of clicking on it constantly, it will pick up a rock lying around and throw it at the egg to crack it open.
2- Arab purity
Protection status: endangered
They are considered wild goats, and you can only find them in the Hajar Mountains of Oman and the United Arab Emirates. They will live at high altitudes and will have to travel down to drink from river courses known as ravines. Being herbivores and foragers, they like to eat leaves, grass, seeds and fruits of trees. Again, their threat of extinction is due to human activity that includes poaching (illegal hunting), overgrazing as well as the destruction of their habitat due to road and building construction.
did you know Unlike goats and sheep, Tahriz likes to be monogamous and prefers a quieter, smaller family unit to being part of a large herd. A typical Arab Tahr family consists of a father, a mother and one or two children.
3- striped hyena:
Conservation status: Near threatened (at risk of danger in the future)
It is important to know that the striped hyenas are not the ones that starred in the Disney classic “The Lion King”, but rather their more famous cousins known as the spotted hyenas. Their lack of popularity is not only due to their dwindling numbers but also because they are very shy and nocturnal, making them difficult to meet in the wild. It is found in multiple locations including North Africa, the Middle East and India.
They are known to be scavengers such as the Egyptian vulture which feeds on carrion, as well as popular mammals such as gazelles and zebras, occasionally hunting small animals such as reptiles. They are great for the environment because they clean up carcasses, and they are also known as health thieves because they sometimes steal fruits like peaches and dates. They are mainly threatened by hunting and habitat loss.
did you know Their front legs are known to be longer than their back legs, making them appear limp when they walk. However, hyenas are known to be in good shape and can run and move with ease.
4- Slender antlered deer
Protection status: Endangered
These gazelles are found in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. They are known for their long, pointed horns, which reach a height of 38 cm, and their white, sandy coat that blends in with the surrounding desert environment. also reflective, which helps cool the deer as they roam the hot desert environment.
Like the Arabian tahr, it likes to eat grass and weeds. It also gets most of its water from vegetation and does not drink water for a long time. The main threat is overfishing, as well as increased human activity in the areas where it lives.
did you know Not for the deer with slender horns, no one laughs when he snores, but his flock runs away and hides in a safe place, because the snore is considered a warning of impending danger.
5- Nubian Ibex:
conservation status: Vulnerable (at risk of extinction unless the conditions that threaten its survival are improved)
These goat-like animals can be found in North and Northeast Africa and the Middle East. They prefer dry, mountainous habitats that include hills and canyons. Their horns are the star of the show, reaching a height of up to 1.2 meters they roam in their distinctive curved shape.. These horns are not to be messed with as the Nubian ibex relies on them to catch potential predators.
Unlike the Arabian tahr, they are more social and like to form flocks. As herbivores, they like to eat grass and leaves. Similar to their counterparts, they face a number of threats, including competition with other animals such as camels, as well as habitat loss and degradation.
did you know They are super fast and can go up and down mountains like nothing, which is not easy because going over mountains can be very dangerous.
Since human intervention is the most common feature of the endangerment of these animals, we ourselves need to be aware of our role and the changes that may need to be implemented to reverse the damage already done.