Below you can find a complete list of Palestinian animals. We currently track 138 animals in Palestinian Territories and are adding more every day!
The Palestinian territories – which include the Gaza Strip and the West Bank – are home to about 7,000 different animal species. Of those animals, only 116 species are mammals, though there is about three times the number of bird species.
The national animal of this region is the Gazelle, though the Arabian gazelle and the Buxton’s jird are both endangered.
The Official National Animal of the Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian Territories is home to the Gazelle (which goes by the scientific name “Gazella gazella”), which is their national animal. Their name comes from the word “Dangelo,” which translates to me as “swift deer.” The name is a clear tribute to their incredible speed, reaching bursts of 60 mph when running short distances.
Where to Find the Top Wild Animals of the Palestinian Territories
If you’re journeying through the wilderness of the Palestinian Territories, the most popular animals here are the cape hare, Indian crested porcupine, and the Dorcas gazelle.
While the cape hare typically lives in the Sahara Desert and grasslands/shrublands, the Indian crested porcupine can live nearly anywhere in the southwest and central Asia.
The Dorcas gazelle is incredibly well-adapted to the desert, moving around during the cooler part of the day to preserve moisture.
The Most Dangerous Animals in the Palestinian Territories Today
Some of the most dangerous species in the Palestinian Territories are found in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank alike. The Gaza Strip is extremely dangerous (due to the conflict and political disruption in the area), and it is the home to the Palestine Viper, which is the most venomous snake in the region. At up to 5 feet long, it often will go after its victims with no sign of imminent danger.
There are several endangered species within the Gaza Strip and the West Bank of the Palestinian territories, including the:
- Arabian gazelle
- Buxton’s jird
- Andouin’s gull
Unfortunately, some of the extinct animals here include the bubal hartebeest and the hemippe. Diseases passed from human contact and the lack of food security is the most common threats to these animals.
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Renew their horns every year!
Extinct ancestor of all domesticated cattle!
There are over 2,000 known species!
Found everywhere around the world!
Detects prey using echolocation!
There are 8 different species!
There are more than 350,000 different species
Not all birds are able to fly!
They typically prey on insects!
The most common species of bee!
There are thought to be up 20,000 species!
Can survive without water for 10 months!
The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.
Has a strong survival instinct!
Has 20 different muscles in it's ears!
First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!
The larvae of a moth or butterfly!
There are nearly 3,000 different species!
There are about 3,000 documented species!
There are more than 160 different species!
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
The most common raptor in the UK!
A group of ravens is called an unkindness or a conspiracy.
There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!
There are 93 different crab groups
Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings
Many are critically endangered species!
Have changed little in 200 million years!
There are around 40 different species!
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!
It's larvae are carnivorous!
Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!
Has exceptional eyesight!
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
Spends around 22 hours a day eating!
The fastest creatures on the planet!
Found across mainland Europe and Asia!
There are more than 240,000 different species!
Can glide up to 90 meters!
There are 12 different species in the world!
There are around 7,000 different species!
There are thought to be over 2,000 species!
Originally known as the Desert Rat!
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
Most closely related to the Sheep!
Migrates between Europe and Asia!
There are 29 different species!
There are 11,000 known species!
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!
Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
There are only 8 recognized species!
Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.
Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!
Can jump over 6 feet straight up from a standstill
Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!
There are an estimated 30 million species!
Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!
Tiny rodent with a kangaroo-like jump!
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!
There are around 5,000 different species!
Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.
Ear tufts make it look bigger!
They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!
Found throughout Asia, India and China!
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
Some species have a poisonous bite!
Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!
Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!
There are around 260 known species!
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
There are 250,000 different species!
Found on every continent on Earth!
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
Roamed Asia and Europe for around 100,000 years!
Able to regrow lost or damaged limbs!
Named more than 1,000 years ago!
There are 13 different species worldwide
Can live for up to 100 years!
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
Thought to have been domesticated in 9,000 BC!
They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.
Found in mountainous regions and rocky areas
There are 500 different species!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
There are more than 50 different species!
Omnivores that eat anything!
It's horns are made from keratin!
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!
The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.
There are more than 700 different species!
There are around 2,000 known species!
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.
Found widely throughout British gardens!
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 3,000 known species worldwide
There are 140 different species!
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 3,000 different species!
Average adults weigh about 200 grams!
The striped hyenas usually mark their territories with the help of the scent gland secretions from their anal pouch.
Populations have been affected by pollution!
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
The largest feline in the world!
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
Has been domesticated for thousands of years!
Spends most of it's time in the trees!
The smallest carnivorous mammal in the world!
None have been seen in the wild for 50 years!
Males have a top tusk to sharpen the bottom one!
Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!
Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.
Actually a crustacean, not an insect!
There are 200 different species!
There are around 75 different species!
Palestinian Animals List