Morocco National Parks and Reserves
Talking about Morocco, every body thinks of vast desert sand dunes and the sun all year long. Morocco National parks will surprise you with some interesting species of wild animals, birds and plants. Mother Nature has blessed Morocco with magnificence and beautiful mountains from the High Atlas Mountains to Casablanca on the coast!
Toubkal National Park is the most famous park in Morocco located near Marrakech. It is a great hiking and trekking destination in Morocco stretching on the Jbel Toubal Mountain to the foot hills of the High Atlas Mountains. The park boasts a wide range of diversity in flora, wild animals and birds.
The villages near the parka re traditionally attached to the mountain and the park. it is a good place to discover traditional morocco culture and people
The Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve is an important ecological system in south west Morocco that has been designated as a UNESCO World heritage Site. The Argan tree is the main tree species in the area and also in the nearby Souss Massa National Park. This tree species is endemic to Morocco-particularly endemic to the desert conditions and used to drain oil for cosmetic, medicine and wood for furniture among other uses. The tree makes a natural buffer for the Sahara desert extension into other parts of Morocco
Sous Masa National Park is located near the Atlantic Ocean cost on Morocco. Much of the park is sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, Arganian forests and wildlife. The park is home to the Northern bad ibis colony and other birds such as marbled ducks, Audouin’s Gull, thick billed lark and others. Some of the animals in the park include Algerian Hedgehog, Jackals, reptiles, weasels and Red Fox among others
Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of Morocco and Spain is one of the preserved bio-spheres stretching from one continent to another and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was established in 2006 and the two countries join efforts to protect the area against human exploitation, disaster and marine life. The bio-sphere in Morocco covers Talassemtane National Park, Jbel Bouhachem, Lagune de Smir, Jbel Moussa and Koudiet Taifour.
Tazekka National Park lies lost in the Middle Atlas Mountain. It is highly conserved to protect the endemic species of oak, cedar and the peak at Jbel Tazekka. The park is a complex of dramatic features such as rocky cliffs, caves, canyons and the mountain. Some of the wildlife in this Moroccan park includes red fox, reptiles, genets, Barbary boars and several species of endemic birds. In December the peaks is covered in snow and the summer fills the crater with melted glaciers and clear waters!
Oasis Du Sud Marocain Biosphere Reserve is a conservation project aimed at creating a buffer zone for the desert area and preserving the oases in the Sahara. Since many people have their livelihood attached to the different oases, it is important that research and education is given to the communities on how to preserve the oases for agricultures and other needs.
El Hoceima National Park located on the Mediterranean Sea coast in the town of Al Hoceima in northern Morocco. Together with the bay, the area boasts unique marine habitat and a colony of osprey-one of the few surviving colonies on the sea.
Oued Massa Nature Reserve can be described as the best place to go birding in Morocco. The park is located near the town of Agadir and its main features is the lagoon and fringing red beds that attract birds in the winter (Feburuary to April and September to November) such as flamingos, osprey, night squacco, purple heron,crane,avocet and endangered bald ibis among others.
Ifrane National Park is found in the Moyen (middle) Atlas Mountains and is home to the largest forest of cedar trees in Morocco. The forest is thus a habitat for Barbary ape an endangered species living in the Mediterranean
Merdja Zerga Biological Reserve includes the tidal lagoon near the Moullay Bousselham on the coast. The lagoon attracts several birds including ducks, waders, African Marsh owl and other Paleartic birds that visit during the European winter
Talassemtane National Park is another excellent birding destination. The park is a stretch of Moroccan fir forests that provide home to more than 40 different species of birds such as black kite, ring necked duck, booted eagle, grey wag tail, Atlas Pied Flycatcher and the European Serin among others