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You have an opportunity to connect with all the wonders of nature in Jordan by visiting the nature reserves and protected areas. The Royal Society for the Conservations of Nature (RSCN) and the Royal Ecological Diving Society, are leading organizations in their fields, working to preserve the animal, plant, and natural beauty of Jordan.

Incentive clients interested in assisting these organizations may become members or make contributions to them. The Jordan Tourism Board may assist with these arrangements.

Carefully orchestrated visits can be made to many of the nature reserves.

The Mujib Wildlife Reserve

It is located near the east coast of the Dead Sea in Wadi Mujib gorge, beginning at over 1,300 feet below sea level and climbing to almost 3,000 feet above sea level in some places. The diversity of Wadi Mujib wildlife is still being explored, but more than 420 species of plants, and 102 species of birds and many animals, including the homed Ibex and the carnivorous Caracal cat are found there. The reserve has two main hiking trails.

The Dana Nature Reserve

Located near Tafila, the l20-square-mile Dana Nature Reserve extends from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. The beauty of the mountains and cliffs, the mystery of the ancient ruins of Feinan, and the diversity of the landscape will strike you. Dana supports 703 species of plants, 38 species of mammals, and 215 species of rare birds. There is a complex made up of a small Guesthouse, a nature shop and a Visitors' Centre to assist guests.

The Shaumari Nature Reserve

Located east of Amman, the Shaumari Reserve was created by the RSCN as a breeding centre for endangered or locally extinct wildlife. Today, following breeding programmes, it is home to Oryx, Ostriches, Gazelles, and Onagers, some of the most rare species of animal life in the Middle East. The last wild Oryx in the world was killed in Oman in 1972. Six years later, the RSCN brought eleven Oryx from a USA survival herd and relocated them in Shaumari. The herd has increased to over 200, and Jordan now supplies Oryx to other countries that are conducting reintroduction programmes.