Bird Watching on the Tagdilt Track

horned lark birdWord is quickly getting out to birdwatching enthusiasts that the arid desert of southern Morocco is the place to go for seeing some truly rare and stunning desert species. And although experienced birdwatchers are a notoriously patient and persistent group, you won’t have a chance to get bored looking at all the species on offer—if you know where to go.

The so-called Tagdilt Track, a road covering a vast expanse of land in southeastern Morocco, is likely your best bet to tick off as many desert birds as possible on your list, including the stricking black and white mourning wheatear, the desert lark, Temminck’s horned lark and the cream-colored courser. In spring, shallow ponds occasionally appear and you can, if you’re lucky, even spot a flock of pink flamingos. (more…)

Ifrane National Park 101

monkey morocco africaIfrane National Park is a superb place in Morocco to enjoy the great outdoors and one of only a few spots where you can meet the Barbary Macaque, the endangered primate. This park is probably the opposite of what a lot of people have in mind when traveling to Morocco.

Located in the Middle Atlas Mountains, Ifrane National Park covers 51,800 hectometers of the largest cedar forests in Morocco and the world as well as rivers, lakes and volcanic plateaus. Visitors to the park will find more than 200 species of birds (including storks, flamingo, ducks and woodpeckers), 30 species of reptiles, Barbary apes, sheep and much more. It was created in 2004 to control hunting and to protect cedar trees and the diminished number of animals in the park. It is located between the towns of Ifrane and Azrou in the West Central Middle Atlas, about 60 kilometers south of the imperial city of Fez.

Ifrane National Park is open with no entrance fee and accessible year-round, seven days a week. You can visit the park during any season of the year with the guarantee to have a great experience. Trails take you into cedar forests, near volcanic plateaus, across green pastures and atop mountains where you can enjoy true peace and quiet. (more…)

Discovering Morocco’s Wildlife

Morocco wildlifeWhen people think of wildlife, Kenyan safaris and the Galapagos Islands often come to mind. Few people would consider Morocco to be a destination worthy of visiting for its wildlife, yet well-preserved national parks and vast expanses of forests are not only natural retreats but home to a wide variety of birds, reptiles and mammals.

Morocco has more than 40 different ecosystems with habitats for many endemic species. Over the years, the country’s cities and industrial centers have had a direct impact on the wildlife. Unfortunately, numerous species of plants and animals in Morocco are endangered due to industrialization, but there are still a number of places throughout the country to view wildlife in their natural habitats. (more…)

Wildlife of Morocco (with pictures)

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Morocco for the past several years has been trying to stop the deforestation of their lands by creating a number of bio reserves and national parks in the Ait Bougmez Valley, Rif Mountains, and High Atlas Mountains. Wildlife in Morocco has dwindled because of agricultural use of the land, pollution entering the water sources and locals annihilating various species. The government has taken this turmoil into account, and there are still many areas of Morocco which luckily still untouched.  There are eighteen species of mammals that are on the border of extinction along with eleven bird species here in Morocco. For anyone who is visiting Morocco the best places to witness the wonders of wildlife are the national parks and reserves. (more…)