11 Jun 2020
31 Dec 2020
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Saving Dama Gazelles

When you take your first step towards an unforgettable adventure in our Zoo, you will be welcomed by a beautiful creature with astonishing delicate features standing high and waiting for you to take the best photo you’ve ever taken, welcome to the Dama Gazelle habitat…!  
Don’t miss the moment they stot, which is a common behavior where they start bouncing into the air with all four hooves off the ground at the same time… how magnificent!   


The Dama Gazelle is the largest of the gazelles, where he stands about 99 centimeters tall at the shoulder with a long slender neck that reaches 120 centimeters, and weighs about 75 kilograms with charming wide eyes and exquisitely curved horns. These Gazelles are known for their white color coat covered by reddish-brown patches in the neck and back area. In the middle top of their long neck, you will notice a white patch that makes the Dama stand out even more.    


This beautiful creature used to thrive in arid and semi-arid lands in Africa, however with 100 gazelles left in the wild, the IUCN Red List classified the Dama gazelle as “critically endangered” due to habitat destruction, desertification, overhunting, increased livestock population and even wars. This huge decline in population led to a global conservation workshop that started in Edinburgh to review and maintain different breeding groups as captive and semi-captive in addition to the wild groups.   


After attending the workshop in 2013, we stood for the Dama as we are currently carrying out one of the most important crossbreeding research programs for a population of more than 80 Dama Gazelles from 2 subspecies, the Addra and the Mhorr, that we home at Al Ain Zoo. Moreover, we participated in multiple workshops, publications, wild releases, researches that are highlighting and discussing the current and future status of Dama Gazelles in the wild. In 2019, we published the Dama Gazelle Conservation Strategy for 2019-2028 in collaboration with various international partners. The Dama Gazelle strategy highlighted many points of interest to save this species such as:   


  • Current status of the species   

  • Global population (wild, Captive, Semi Captive)   

  • Conservation options  

  • Action plans  

  • Assess the progress of the previous strategy   

  • Research requirements and training requirements  

  • Demographic and genetic issues   



Wildlife conservation is very important to ensure biodiversity, which considered the drive that keeps our planet healthy, this is why we make sure of our positive tangible participation in the global conservational efforts. In your next visit, use the Plan Your Visit feature in our mobile application that will help you meet all your favorite animals. If you are interested to know more about our Conservation efforts, please click here