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Discover Jordan's wildlife

Diverse and Distinctive

For a country made up of almost 80% desert, Jordan has more wildlife than you might expect with a wonderful array of birds, animals and fish making it the ideal location for nature lovers.

In the South you will find the coastal town of Aqaba. Known for year round and a wide selection of watersports, it is also one of the best scuba diving and snorkelling locations in the Middle East. Sharing the same reef as Sharm el Sheikh and yet no where near as well known, it makes for a more traquil and unique experience. It is home to over 230 species of coral and well over 1000 species of fish, crustaceans and mammals as well as seasonal visitors such as sea turtles, dolphins and the peaceful whale shark. 

Jordan is also a hot spot for bird watching, with flocks migrating from Europe twice a year. Expect to see larks, Arabian babblers, buzzards and eagles as well as Jordan's national bird, the Sinai rosefinch. One of the best places for aunathology is the Dana Biosphere Reserve, it has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area.

When it comes to land mammals, keep your eyes peeled for the likes of gazelle, oryx, porcupine and hyena as well as desert foxes and sand rats that can be found out in the desert. Whether you are trekking the waters of Mujib Nature Reserve or on a jeep safari through Wadi Rum, wildlife in Jordan is never hard to spot. 

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Destination Specialist

With Wadi Rum and Aqaba being so close together, it is easy to spot diverse marine life and desert animals in the same day!