The Environment

The flora and the fauna

During the spring, when the desert is in bloom, the black iris, the Jordanian emblem, grows among hundreds of other species of wild flowers. During the whole year, thanks to the four zones of vegetation of the country, an amazing number of species of plants grow; more than 2000 have been already identified, as much as in Germany for example. A good part of the desert area is uneven and constitutes an excellent habitat for the fauna and the flora. Pink chaffinches of Sinai, larks of the desert and restarts could be seen at Wadi Ram, and kingfishers with blue sapphire color at Hammamet Ma’in. At Wadi Araba, we regularly find the mountain gazelle, the hyena, the fox and the ibex while in the Shomari reserve, the Arab oryx - that were very numerous in the past –, the ostrich and the Persian onager are bred and then released into nature. In order to protect all these species of plants and animals and to promote a form of sustainable ecological tourism, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) has created some nature reserves. In the Gulf of Aqaba, the most beautiful coral reefs are now placed under the protection of the sea Park of the Red Sea.

 

 

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