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Small Mammals

  • Arabian Hare

    Latin Name: Lepus capensis arabicus

    Our cute Arabian Hares are indigenous to the UAE. Adapted to the harsh desert environment, our Arabian hare’s are much smaller than the European and is often mistaken for a rabbit. They do not need to drink water, as they obtain enough moisture from the grasses and shrubs it eats!

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 1 - 3.5 kg
    Height : 40 - 68 cm
    Native to : Arabia
    What they eat : Grasses and shrubs
    Interesting fact : The young are born with their eyes open and they start walking around soon after. The young hares become independent within a few weeks after birth
  • Lesser Egyptian Jerboa

    Latin Name: Jaculus jaculus vocator

    The small Lesser Jerboa is a desert rodent that is found in Africa and Asia. They live in burrows, dug in counter clockwise spirals with its forelimbs and teeth, which it uses for a variety of functions. They are strictly a nocturnal species.

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 45 – 75 g
    Height : 9.5 – 13 cm
    Native to : Africa and Asia
    What they eat : Their diet consist for the most part out of a variety of plant matter but some of the sub-species will eat beetles and other insects they come across 
    Interesting fact : They can travel long distances in search of food, up to ten km per night. They can jump as far as 3 meter in a single jump.
  • Ethiopian Hedgehog

    Latin Name: Paraechinus aethiopicus

    There are two species of hedgehog native to the UAE. Of the two, only The Ethiopian Hedgehog occurs on Sir Bani Yas Island. They are a solitary nocturnal animal, spending the day in a sheltered location, emerging at dusk to hunt for insects and reptiles.  

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 310g - 435g
    Height : 8 - 10 cm
    Native to : Arabia and Africa
    What they eat : Insects and other small creatures.
    Interesting fact : They practice two periods of less activity, during peak summer they will go into a semi aestivation (summer sleep) and they will hibernate (winter sleep) between January and February, when temperatures are cooler
  • Rock Hyrax

    Latin Name: Procavia capensis

    The Rock Hyrax, also known as the Rock badger; Cape hyrax or Dassie is commonly found throughout Africa and the Middle East. They look like a large Guinea Pig! But they are not even closely related to them. These cute species have thick, soft fur which is usually brown or grey in colour, but can be slightly yellow. The rock hyrax is a very competent climber and readily climbs trees and steep cliffs where they make their homes  

    Quick Facts

    Weight : 3 - 5 kg
    Height : 25 - 30cm
    Native to : Africa
    What they eat : Grasses, Fruits, Lizards
    Interesting fact : They have no living relatives but they share a number of characteristic with Elephants and Manatees which makes them very distant relatives