What is the National Animal of UAE?

UAE national Animal

National animal UAE – Oryx

Arabian Oryx is officially named as national animal of UAE (United Arab Emirates). The Arabian oryx comes from desert areas of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The oryx can reach a shoulder height of about four feet. The horns of the oryx are straight and can reach a length of about twenty-eight inches. The oryx has large ears and wide-set eyes.

The oryx is a brownish color and is lighter underneath. The Arabian oryx has a life span of about twelve to fifteen years. The Arabian oryx is a herbivore and it feeds on grass.

The Arabian oryx is one of the few antelopes that does not have a preorbital gland. The Arabian oryx has a social structure that includes males, females, and calves. The oryx is a very fast animal and it can run speeds up to fifty miles per hour. The oryx can swim, though it prefers to stay.

Body Structure of Arabian Oryx

Arabian oryx is a medium-sized antelope with a long, straight and spiralling horns. The horns curve back along the head, sometimes with a small twist near the end. The horns are used in fighting and for digging for water.

Scientific Classification of Arabian Oryx

Scientific Name Kingdom Class Order Family
Oryx gazella Animalia Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae
Population Size Life Span Weight Height Length
1000 15 YRS 220-300 KG 100 CM 180 CM

Facts about Oryx – The UAE national Animal

  • Oryx is the national animal of UAE.
  • It is the world’s largest antelope.
  •  It has long, straight horns.
  • It is a fast animal. It can run up to 60 km/h.
  •  It is a very shy animal. It usually runs away from humans.
  •  It is a social animal.
  •  It lives in the desert.
  •  It is very precious and it is now a protected animal
  • Current population is estimated around 3000.

Why is Oryx the national animal of UAE ( United Arab Emirates ) ?

Arabian oryx is mainly found in the Arabian Peninsula, with most living in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. It is the national animal of United Arab Emirates, and is protected and listed in the Appendix I of CITES. The US also listed it in Appendix II. Each year, the Ministry of Environment and Water organizes a week-long event to celebrate the Oryx in Abu Dhabi.
The Ministry of Environment and Water (Abu Dhabi) organizes a week-long event to celebrate the Oryx in Abu Dhabi.
The Ministry of Environment and Water organizes a week.

The Oryx is a unique animal that is native to the Arabian desert. The Oryx is a symbol of the United Arab Emirates, as well as its national animal. No other animal symbolizes this country or its people as well as the Oryx. This animal is an important part of their culture and history. So, due to all the mentioned facts the government of UAE officially announced Oryx as the national animal of UAE publicly.