Tag: wildlife

  • Birds

    Most people don’t envision Morocco as being a top birding spot in the world, but this country actually has a great variety of birds. What’s more, many of these species are incredibly rare or even globally threatened. This makes Morocco quite a hot spot for spotting rare and endangered birds and should lure more and more bird enthusiasts to the country.

  • Camels

    To say that there are camels in Morocco is open to discussion. This is because traditional camels have two humps on their backs and the camels used in Morocco only have one. Camels in Morocco are therefore known as Dromedaries, which are a part of the camel family. Dromedary camels (Camelus dromedaries) are rarely found in the wild and most of those seen walking around the landscape do ...

  • Cheetah

    Most of us will be familiar with the graceful spotted cat known as the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). We will have likely seen images of this amazing creature on our televisions or may have even seen one or two at the local zoo. What few of us know, however, is that the cheetah is listed as a ‘vulnerable species’ on the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Red List. This enchanting cat has ...

  • Dorcas Gazelle

    The Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas) is a fairly small and common and occurs throughout Africa, Arabia and northern India. The gazelle feeds on vegetation and can usually be found in grasslands, steppe, wadis, desert or semi-desert climates and is therefore quite easily spotted in Morocco. In fact, there are quite good populations of Dorcas gazelle in many of Morocco’s national parks.

  • Egyptian Cobra

    Not everyone will be all too pleased to meet up with an Egyptian cobra (Naja haje), but travelers to Morocco should be aware that it is the most common variety of cobra in North Africa. This somewhat attractive but deadly snake lives in hot, desert-like regions and much of Morocco fits that description. Still, the Egyptian cobra in Morocco does not go out of its way to make contact ...

  • Fennec Fox

    It is easy to see why so many people fall in love with the Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda). With its large ears, small and delicate face and at a full-grown size of twenty centimeters, they are adorable. But it is because these rare foxes are mercilessly hunted and captured to be sold as domestic animals that this wonderful animal's name has been written on the endangered list.

  • Fish

    Morocco is known for having the richest fish territory in the Atlantic Ocean. Over and above the ocean, the landscape is littered with rivers, streams and lakes that also attract many visitors to fishing in Morocco. The lure of the variety of fish in Morocco is irresistible, but the environment has suffered greatly due to the contamination of water sources and from over-fishing. ...

  • Tazekka National Park

    There are a number of great national parks in Morocco where you can experience the country’s wildlife to the fullest degree possible. The Tazekka National Park is one of them. Created in 1950 with only 580 hectares of land, it was hoped that the park would help to protect the many natural resources that could be found at Jbel Tazekka in the Middle Atlas mountain range. The park has certainly ...

  • Wildlife

    The wildlife in Morocco has been under attack from humans for many years. Deforestation for pastures and agricultural use, pollution of the water sources in Morocco and overgrazing by livestock, have each played a role in the decrease of wildlife species in Morocco. Currently, there are eighteen mammal species that are on the brink of extinction and the survival of eleven bird ...

  • Barbary Macaque

    The Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus) resides chiefly in Morocco and in the mountains of Algeria, with a much smaller population making their home in Gibraltar. The species is considered one of the Old World monkeys and are the only free living primates in Europe, with the exception of humans. They are also sometimes referred to as the Barbary Ape, however they are true monkeys.