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Animals in Iran
Iran is not a nation many commonly think of when the topic of wildlife is discussed. The reason for this s because Iran is largely comprise of desert. Of course, the desert region ' and other areas of Iran -- is home to all manners and variety of animals. Among the most common animals indigenous to Iran are:

Among the more surprising animals indigenous to Iran are Big Cats such as panthers, the
Eurasian lynx
Eurasian Lynx, and Persian Leopard. Iran is the last remaining refuge of the Asiatic
Cheetah which is an endangered species.

In addition to a large number of big cats, wild canines live in the region as well. Iran is one of the few nations with a sizeable population of wolves and alongside the feral wolves are their animal kingdom cousins jackals and foxes.

Animals that need to be 'aware' of these big cats include gazelles, boars, wild sheep, and deer. These animals live throughout Iran in abundance.

Wild pigs and bears are other animals not commonly associated with the Middle East that live in Iran.

Of course, there is a significant volume of bird life in Iran which would be rather expansive to list. Some of the more popular of this bird life would be storks, eagles, falcons, partridges, and pheasants.

Iran also maintains a sizeable population of domestic animals which have long since lived side by side with humans in the nation dating back to the Persian Empire of antiquity. These animals include horses, cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys, camels, and even
water buffalo
water buffalo.

This is but a small fraction of the animals that live in Iran. There are thousands of different species of animals in Iran. This includes both domestic and wild animals and, unfortunately, it also includes a fraction of animals which are considered endangered.

Click here for a list of endangered animals in Iran.
Even-toed ungulates in Iran
Wild boar
Fallow deer
Goitered gazelle
Carnivores in Iran
Asiatic black bear
Striped hyaena
Afghan fox
Corsac fox
Common otter
Pallas's cat
Eurasian lynx
Asiatic jackal
Cross fox
European pine martin
Arctic wolf
Beech marten
African lion
African caracal
Marbled polecat
Indian grey mongoose
Honey badger
American mink
Brown bear
Jungle cat
Wild cat
Least weasel
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Iran
Long-beaked dolphin
Black finless porpoise
Grey dolphin
Fraser's dolphin
Pygmy killer whale
Chinese white dolphin
Bats in Iran
Whiskered bat
Lesser mouse-eared bat
Egyptian tomb bat
Natterer's bat
Schaub's myotis
Persian trident bat
Trident bat
Asian barbastelle
Particoloured bat
Giant noctule
Lesser noctule
Kuhl's pipistrelle
Common pipistrelle
Brown big-eared bat
Gray big-eared bat
Northern bat
Blasius's horseshoe bat
Mediterranean horseshoe bat
Greater horseshoe bat
Botta's serotine
Lesser horseshoe bat
Sind bat
Mehely's horseshoe bat
Lesser mouse-tailed bat
Greater mouse-tailed bat
Small mouse-tailed bat
Long-fingered bat
Geoffroy's bat
Bechstein's bat
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Iran
Afghan pika
Brown hare
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Iran
Asian wild ass
Rodents in Iran
Mesopotamian gerbil
Persian field mouse
Baluchistan gerbil
Yellow-breasted field mouse
Broad-toothed field mouse
Indian gerbil
Indian bush rat
Ward's field mouse
Short-tailed bandicoot rat
Blanford's jerboa
Mouse-like hamster
Lesser egyptian jerboa
Afghan mouse-like hamster
Urartsk mouse-like hamster
Sundevall's jird
Indian desert jird
Libyan jird
Gray dwarf hamster
Mid-day jird
Persian jird
Northern three-toed jerboa
Tristram's jird
Forest dormouse
Vinogradov's jird
Southern mole vole
Dwarf fat-tailed jerboa
Zarundny's jird
Transcaucasian mole vole
Turkestan rat
Brandt's hamster
Persian vole
Baluchistan vole
Altai vole
Social vole
Transcaspian vole
G√ľnther's vole
Great gerbil
Macedonian mouse
Northern palm squirrel
Cairo spiny mouse
Caucasian squirrel
Small five-toed jerboa
Masked mouse-tailed dormouse
Euphrates jerboa
Long-clawed ground squirrel
Setzer's mouse-tailed dormouse
Swarthy gerbil
Iranian jerboa
Yellow ground squirrel
Cheesman's gerbil
Hotson's jerboa
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