El Kala National Park Algeria
El Kala National Park is located to the extreme north eastern border of Algeria to the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the biggest National parks in Algeria covering close to 800 square kilometers. Since its establishment in 1983, El Kala National park has proved worthy of conservation and in 1990, it was acknowledged as a UNESCO bio-sphere reserve. It is home to a unique ecosystem protecting a bio-diversity of flora, fauna and marine life that is not found in other parts of Africa.
Several lakes such as Tonga meander in the park nourishing the wild habitat of dense forest woodlands, shrubs and marine systems attracting herds of wild animals for the dry season before pouring the waters into the Mediterranean Sea.
The park is boasts a wide range of flora and fauna endemics that are recorded to be more than 300 species. More than 40 different species of animals are found in the park in addition to 60 different species of water birds, dragon flies and 9 different species of marine life.
Birding is a major draw for tourists in this Algerian National park. Every year, more than 30,000 tourists visit the park for guides tours, educational tours and research. Visitors are more interested in the eco-system characteristics and the mini-zoo while research focuses on medicinal plants and conservation efforts.