Desert

Oryx - Uruq Bani Ma'Arid

The North African and Arabian desert environments are important for the large area of the globe that they cover, for their beauty and rich cultures and for the economic impact of the vital mineral resources they harbour.

Although we tend to think of them as remote wilderness areas, there has been a heavy impact of our pursuit of those resources across this region. Saharan Africa has lost more of its birds and mammals than any other region of the Palaearctic (Europe, Africa and Asia).

ZSL’s desert conservation programme uses management, community and species-led approaches to lessen these impacts, build local capacity and integrate conservation with development for desert communities and ecosystems.

Termit Massif

Conserving the last refuge of some of the world’s rarest desert species

KKWRC - Newborn Nubian Ibex

ZSL has a contract with the Saudi Wildlife Authority (SWA) to run a captive...

A Cheetah cub in the Serangeti in Tanzania, taken on conservation Programme's ongoing field work with Cheetahs.

Large carnivores have been declining globally, and ZSL is working in...

Ensuring the conservation of the Sahara’s threatened and neglected wildlife...