Wildlife in the United Arab Emirates is severely
limited due to the country's desert. There are few mammals in the country, but
those that do exist include the oryx, hedgehog, hare, and fox. The sea life is more
varied in the nearby Persian Gulf, although there are no inland lakes or rivers.
In the gulf there are thousands of animals, including shrimp, oysters, mackerel,
grouper, and swordfish and dozens of mollusks.
There are also a large number of birds that pass through the country on migratory
routes. Among these include flamingoes, small ostriches, the bee-eater, egret, cormorants,
gulls, terns, and more. There are not many amphibians in the
U.A.E., but a number of reptiles can live in the deserts here as there are
lizards, geckos, and sea turtles. Among the other animals are insects, spiders,