Located off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island was set up as a sanctuary for endangered animals and at its Arabian Wildlife Park, you can see many of them.

The Arabian Oryx

The Arabian Oryx was at one time extinct in the wild. However, thanks to conservation efforts at the reserve, it has thrived and you will find one of the world’s largest herds here. Guests of Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara can go on wildlife drives at the park and witness the Arabian Oryx roaming freely.

Wild Cats, Jackals & Hyenas

Those staying at Sir Bani Yas Island resorts in Abu Dhabi also have a chance to see free-roaming Northern cheetahs; at the Arabian Wildlife Park, you may additionally spot the caracal wild cat with its distinctive pointed ears. On your drive, you may encounter striped hyenas and golden jackals as well.

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Mammals, Insects & Arthropods

There are many more mammals that have found a home here including the Arabian gazelle, urial sheep, axis deer, reticulated giraffes and the smaller Ethiopian hedgehog and the lesser Egyptian jerboa. There are more than 100 insect and arthropod species too such as the buthid scorpion and camel spider.

Birds, Bats & Marine Species

Those interested in birdwatching will be glad to know they can spot many species including ostriches and flamingos, while bats can be seen too. The waters surrounding Sir Bani Yas Island are home to many marine species as well including dugongs, dolphins and sharks which can be encountered on diving excursions.