At a Glance

Size:The Gobi desert covers 1.3 million square kilometers and is elevated with hot summers and cold winters.


Climate: Gobi is a very cold desert yet it rarely snows. It is located above sea level. Rainfall is up to 7.6 inches per anum.


Conservation and ecology: The eggs of dinosaur were first identified in Gobi desert. The desert is a main source of various important fossil finds.


Adaptations: To survive in Gobi desert, the plants have to lose their leaves until it rains again. They are gifted with long roots that absorb water from a large area. Animals get their water from the food they eat, and come out at night.

Animals

CamelThe Gobi desert is an extremely rugged environment, with temperature extremes ranging from minus-40 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. The area receives less than 8 inches of rain a year, and has a population density of fewer than 3 people for every square mile of harsh terrain. However, this brutal region still hosts a wide variety of animals, illustrating that life can adapt to even some of the worst conditions on the planet.

The smallest animal species living in the Gobi is known as the jerboa. These small rodents are built almost like kangaroos, with powerful hind legs allowing them to leap as much as 10 feet at a time. They also have a long tail like a kangaroo that helps them maintain their balance as they hop across the rocky landscape.

Jerboas have an enemy, though: Golden eagles. These birds of prey can reach weights of 13 lbs on a diet of jerboa, living for almost 18 years in the wild. Some of the nomadic residents of the Gobi have even trained golden eagles to hunt for them.

Another animal species that makes the Gobi desert its home is the snow leopard. They used to roam across the cold Gobi in great numbers, but as the human population of the area has grown their numbers have dwindled. Snow leopards are now on the Endangered Species list, with only as many as 1,700 individual leopards remaining in the wild.

The Gobi desert is also home to the Gobi bear, one of the most seriously endangered species on Earth. Human encroachment on their home territory has reduced to the number of surviving Gobi bears to an estimated 50 surviving individuals. They may yet live on, however, as new feeding programs and protected areas have been initiated to raise their numbers to more sustainable levels in the future.

These are only a few of the species that call the Gobi their home. Many other animals that live in the Gobi desert, like camels, wolves, musk ox, and ibex, are also found in other parts of the world. The climate and terrain may be extreme, but animal life continues to find a way to survive. In the distant past, when the climate was different, the area of the Gobi Desert was home to a vast number of animals. Today it is rich and diverse source of fossils for paleantologists.

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Extremely helpful.

I am doing a project on bow to survive in the gobi desert and I wanted to know what kind of animals there are in the gobi desert. By going on this website I found much info and I would like to thank you guys.

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Jrboa

Omg Jerboa so cute, just like the miniature version of a kangaroo >_<

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that they are saying that the

that they are saying that the tempatures are to cold

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cute

lol

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lol

lol

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amazing

i was doing a desert profile and i had to find 3 plants and animals and write about them

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What is wrong with that

What is wrong with that donkey O_o

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Its a camel ... not a donkey

Its a camel ... not a donkey -_-

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awesome

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i love dis site dawg

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This website

This website is an awesome source of information. Especially for school projects. I will most likely recommend this website to almost anyone.

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lol

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Animales

tu animales es muy perfecto!!

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Animales

Los animales son……pero tu español no es!

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Iranian and Gobi

Does anyone know if the Iranian and the Gobi desert are the same because I think they are but I am not for sure.

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No

The Iranian and the Gobi are not the same.

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:)

:)

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Iranian and Gobi

The Iranian desert is not the same as the Gobi desert. They are totally different deserts. However, they might be next to each other. I am not sure about that.

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yeah i know

cool

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Iranian and Gobi

No, the Gobi desert is in Mongolia and China, while the Iranian deserts--there are more than one, but perhaps you mean the Great Desert of Iran--are a long, long way west.

http://www.summitpost.org/iran-deserts/375835

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kool

love animals

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kool

this website is awsome

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so pretty

look so pretty the most pretty.

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Jerboas

Wow! jerboas are the best animals. Like your website to!

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cute

this is a great animal

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AMAZING

i love this animal so much and i would have it as a pet it is so cute. LUV IT

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MONGOLIAN CAMEL

only mongolian camels have two humps

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i love camels

i love camels

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marmots

do marmots live in the gobi desert too if they do what do they look like

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marmots

YAY!
JERABOA RULES

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Nice website w/ different

Nice website w/ different info and WORGENS RULE

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how cute

i think this is very cute, its very interesting

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Yay

this is such a great site. Luv ot

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this is awsome info it really

this is awsome info it really helped me with a project

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RE: this is awsome info it really

This helped me with one, too :D

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Cute

Hey pplz i think its very cute! except bad idea wif adoptin it it pees and spits on ppl........

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Haha im bored in school

i am very bored in my Geography lesson so am posting this comment. AWSOME CAMEL IS AWSOME!!!

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hahaha

me too!!!!!!

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same here:) world history:(

same here:) world history:( but totally awesome lookin camel:)

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*awesome smart one ;)

*awesome smart one ;)

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what what

yep. Im in biology doing a project. and this site is........... *awesome* btw. the jerboa is amazing and I want one. #jizzygazza

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awesome

awesome website

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CAMELS R CUTE

Its so cute I think If its a girl Lily would be a good name it is so cute

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that is so cute

you wouldn't like it if I saw a picture of U and said you were ugly.they seriously cute omg i wish i could adopt one .

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Whhattt? That is cute!

Omg, how is that not cute? Adorable! What if someone told you, you were ugly? ¬¬

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I AM LOVENT HIS PICTURE

I AM LOVENT HIS PICTURE

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its okkkk

that looks funny it is kinda cute lolzz

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that is ugly

how is that cute

wtf

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really

that is right.

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This looks like Lily :)

This looks like Lily :)

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At a Glance

Desertification: The Gobi desert is expanding in a process known as desertification. It is expanding into China’s grassland. Dust storms have increased heavily damaging agriculture.


Plants: The desert flora includes the Saxaul Tree, Saltwort, wild onions, desert shrubbery and grass


Animals: The desert is a home for many different animals like black-tailed gazelles, bactrian camels, wolves, marbled polecats, Mongolian wild ass, brown bears, snow leopards, and sandplovers.

Gobi Desert Book