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  An oryx at Shaumari
by TheWanderingCamel

Shaumari Reserve was established in 1975, covers 22 square kilometers and is the oldest of the reserves. It was created in 1975 for breeding endangered species.

.A visitors' centre tells the story of the reserve and a special shuttle takes up to 15 people to see the free-roaming herds. There is also a small picnic area and children's play ground.

The big success of Shaumari is the oryx; last year there were over 200 animals. Other animals being bred successfully at Shaumari are the onager (the wild ass), the ostrich and the ibex or gazelle. Several countries have donated breeding stock and the breeding enclosures provide a small zoo for visitors making it a popular spot for children and school outings. There is an observation tower, making it possible to watch the animals without trudging through the desert dust. You can even "adopt" an oryx if you like!

Some of the wildlife here are the Cape hare, red fox, gerbil and even the striped hyena and the wild cat. The entrance fee is 2JD for Shaumari alone, or 3JD for both Azraq and Shaumari.

Posted by Lulu

Address: Contact the RSCN: Wild Jordan in Amman
Directions: It isn't far from Azraq, out in the desert about 12 kms from Janubi
othercontact: www.jordanjubilee.com
Phone: +962.6.461.6523/6483
Website: http://www.rscn.org.jo

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 21, 2005
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