Jordan - Nature and Wildlife
Although not necessarily known for its nature and wildlife, Jordan offers a surprisingly rich diversity of animal and plant species. There are also many conservation efforts in place to combat issues such as deforestation and overhunting that pose threats to the natural landscapes as well as the animals of Jordan.
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) was established in 1966 with the goal of preserving wildlife both on the Jordanian mainland and in the Gulf of Aqaba’s coral reef and coastline. The RSCN was the first non-governmental organisation of its kind in the Arab world. The Society carefully controls hunting by setting the hunting seasons in Jordan, designating hunting areas and setting the maximum quota of animals to be hunted. The use of automatic weapons as well as shooting from vehicles has been outlawed. Other conservation initiatives include six nature reserves as well as a further nine that have been proposed.
In Jordan there are more than 70 species and subspecies of mammals. Due to the desert landscapes found in the country, only nature’s most hardy and adaptable creatures survive. Mammals like the Asiatic jackal, the desert fox, the striped hyena as well as wolves and camels are some of the larger species that call Jordan home. The Arabian or white oryx, Jordan’s national animal, was almost completely extinct in the wild by the middle of the 20th century. Successful breeding campaigns were initiated in the 1960s and gradually, oryx were released back into the wild of Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
With its location at the junction of Mediterranean and Arabian regions, Jordan lies on one of the world’s major bird migration routes that sees birds come and go from three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. As a result of this migration route, onwards of 220 migratory bird species journey through the country on their way either north or south. A further 150 species are indigenous to Jordan.
The warm, clear waters of the Gulf of Aqaba are ideal for the growth or coral. There are approximately 110 species of soft coral, 120 species of hard coral, as well as over 1,000 species of fish. Sea cucumbers, starfish, seahorses, sting and manta rays along with turtles and dolphins, coupled with the warm and clear waters, makes to the Gulf of Aqaba a very well known and popular dive spot.
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