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.

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

Termit Massif

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

Sand gazelles

Conservation breeding and science in Saudi Arabia.

Scimitar horned oryx release, Chad

A major initiative to reintroduce the scimitar-horned oryx to its historical...

Family of cheetah in Tanzania

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