The Jerboa (desert rat) and a map of the Yemen
(Picture of jerboa and more information from

A painting of the Jerboa or Desert Rat which gave the British VIIIth Army Corps its name and symbol in North Africa during World War II.

With its long kangaroo-type hind legs, it is capable of jumping quite long distances.

The only examples I ever saw were at the seismic survey camp in south-west Oman (top right corner of the map below) in about March 1960


"Map used by permission of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin."


With thanks to  Trevor "Bill" Powell for this contribution
Any comments  to