Beautiful Wadi Rum desert
One of the amazing animals, the spiny tailed lizard in Wadi Rum desert

The amazing animals of Wadi Rum desert

The amazing animals of Wadi Rum desert

Did you know that in the harsh environment of Wadi Rum desert live around 130 different animals and 120 birds? And that it is also hosts to a width variety of around 360 different species of plants? In future blogs we will tell you more about the our birds and our plants. For now we focus on the amazing animals of Wadi Rum desert.

Most visitors only see camels and herds of goats and sheep. Mainly there are two reasons why the only see these. Many of the larger wild animals are reduced to low numbers. And most other desert animals avoid the daytime sun as they are nocturnal. But there is still enough to see. The desert is very much alive. Just let your tour guide know that you are interested. And they will take you to places where you are likely to see animals during the day.

Wadi Rum desert reptiles


Wadi Rum desert snakeAlthough their numbers are not high, reptiles are widespread in Wadi Rum desert. Maybe you consider this as luck because you are not too keen on an encounter with one of the ten species of snake. The Cerastes gasperttii and Echis coloratus are both poisonous vipers. But don’t worry, the vast majority of visitors never see one of these amazing animals.


Spiny tailed lizard in Wadi Rum desertIt is much more likely to see harmless lizards like the Gecko, the Agama and the big vegetarian spiny-tailed lizard. The Blue Agama is with a length of 35 cm quit large. It can be seen basking on rocks in the heat of the day. Or hiding in crevices. In the breeding season the normally plain brown males develop dramatic colourful markings. A bright orange head and neck. And the body turns to a stunningly exotic blue.


Wadi Rum desert scorpionWadi Rum desert is home to a total of eight types of scorpions. They can be found primarily under stones. From small yellow ones to large browns. The yellow’s give you the most painful sting. But like the snakes, few visitors see them at all.

Wadi Rum desert insects


Wadi Rum desert camel spiderThe camel-spider is not dangerous to humans. Still this it is feared by local Bedouins. Mainly for its ability to harm their camels. Changes to see this beautiful spider are limited.


Beetle finding it's way in Wadi Rum desertIn the daytime you can see the common black Blaps beetle with his very long legs. They cross open sand areas, where they tiptoe to keep its body of the hot ground. Just follow the tracks and you will find them.

Other insects

Wadi Rum desert is also home to crickets, moths, ants, butterflies and dragonflies.

The mammals of Wadi Rum desert

At night the small, furry mouse-like gerbils with their long back legs are active. Unless you go on a night tour it is not likely you will see these amazing animals. In the daytime their burrows are easy to spot by the distinctive tracks the make across the sand.

It takes effort to see Wadi Rum deserts bigger mammals. But there are quite amazing animals a few who are worthy to look out for:

  • Domesticated dromedarian camel.
  • Red or Blandford’s foxWadi Rum desert ibex.
  • Arabian sand cat.
  • Wild dogs.
  • Nubian ibex (Capra ibex nubiana) – a mountain goat.
  • Grey wolf (Canis lupus).
  • Arabian oryx – a variety of big white gazelles (only in captivity).
  • Hedgehogs.
  • Hyrax.
  • Hare.


See various amazing animals on your Wadi Rum desert tour

Are you interested to see the amazing animals of our desert? Let your tour guide know you are. Within the chosen program we can focus on wildlife. As they are wild animals we cannot give any guarantee though. But we will do whatever we can to find them and to show them to you.

See you in Wadi Rum desert,

Fawaz and Abdullah

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