Qatar provides habitat for a varied wildlife, from birds and reptiles to the Arabian Oryx
Qatar’s desert climate limits the variety of flora and fauna though, after any rain, the desert blooms with greenery. Qatar’s national animal, the Arabian Oryx, was extinct by the 1970s, but an ongoing breeding programme has led to its reintroduction since 1980. Other creatures occasionally encountered in the wild include foxes, jerboas, reptiles and various resident and migratory bird species, including flamingos. The largest native mammal is the dugong, found in waters around the coast.