The Life in a Semi-Arid Desert
The primary vegetation of semi-arid deserts are small shrubs and cacti, with scattered flowers. Some examples include; white thorn, catclaw, mesquite, and brittlebush. The reason these can survive is that they don't need as much water as other plants need.
Don't forget about the animals that live in a semi-arid desert! The small shrubs attract grazing animals such as wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, gazelle, deer, and bison. And the herbivores attract carnivores such as coyotes, jackals, hyenas, lions, and wolves, jackals, hyenas, lions, and wolves.