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% Protected

Oman is situated across an ecologically diverse region that includes coastal fog shrublands and beautiful coral reefs. While few formal protections are in place, much of Oman’s ecology is still intact, and with a progressive Sultan in power, more can be accomplished with encouragement and positive dialogue.

Bimmah Sinkhole, Oman. Photo by Katerina Radvanska.

Oman's Ecology

The deserts of Oman are alive with wildlife – Arabian tigers stalk the sands while oryxes and sand gazelles graze on hardy shrubs. But it is along the coasts of Oman that nature really shines. Breathtaking coral reefs, only a day’s sail from the tanker clogged Straits of Hormuz, still thrive in pinks and greens just below the waves.  Environmental groups coordinating across Omani society provide the necessary encouragement for new conservation priorities to take hold.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.

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Recently hatched turtle. Photo by Gabrielle Cepella.
Ad Dimaniyat Islands

Rare corals lay barely hidden beneath the gentle waves of these pristine islands. This is an important nesting ground for turtles and migratory birds.

Fennec fox. Photo by Pawel Czerwinski.
Al Saleel National Park

The Omani wild cat, al Senmar, lurks in the shade of the acacia trees in this protected areas. Other animals including the red fox and Egyptian eagle live here.

Oman The Arabian Oryx Sanctuary
The Arabian Oryx Sanctuary

In 1972 the Arabian oryx became extinct in the wild. It was reintroduced here ten years later. Poaching and lack of law enforcement continue to threat its survival.  

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