When one thinks about Yemen, images of deserts and sandstorms enter ones mind. Not many people consider that there are native species of animal that call Yemen home and in spite of its inhumane conditions thrive very well there.
Yemen in terms of habitat is a very beautiful nation, its wide expanses of desert and mountains provides a scenic backdrop for habitat that is unique to the Middle Eastern deserts. Obvious animals that are located in these desert are the dromedary (camels), cattle (although mostly all are domesticated), donkeys, sheep and goats. The Arabian Leopard is considered the national animal of Yemen, although this Leopard exists throughout the deserts of the Middle East. The Golden-winged Grosbeak is the national bird.
Yemen is home to many types of lizards, scorpions, but one of its most beautiful smaller creatures is the veiled chameleon sometimes called the Yemen Chameleon. There seems to be no animals unique to Yemen but Yemen in spite of its difficult conditions is an example of where life excels even in difficulty.
The habitats in Yemen vary. Although most of Yemen is desert, there are some areas that provide diversity in this dry arid area of our globe. Some areas in Yemen receive up to 3 inches of rain annually which provides a much greater diversity of animal population but other areas receive almost no rain yet a small population of animals still lives in this region. Yemen is a land of desert diversity that shows off its wonder through its amazing ability to survive through one of the harshest environments on the planet.
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Even-toed ungulates in YemenNubian ibex
Queen of sheba's gazelle
Carnivores in YemenAfrican caracal
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in YemenPygmy killer whale
Chinese white dolphin
Pygmy sperm whale
Blainville's beaked whale
Bats in YemenLittle free-tailed bat
Egyptian slit-faced bat
African sheath-tailed bat
Large-eared free-tailed bat
Straw-coloured fruit bat
Blasius's horseshoe bat
Geoffroy's horseshoe bat
Lesser mouse-tailed bat
Greater mouse-tailed bat
Egyptian free-tailed bat
Persian trident bat
Sundevall's roundleaf bat
Hyraxes in YemenRock dassie
Primates in YemenHamadryas baboon
Rodents in YemenYemeni mouse
Large aden gerbil
Lesser egyptian jerboa
Cairo spiny mouse
Golden spiny mouse
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in YemenDugong
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