Iriqui National Park

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Map showing the location of Iriqui National Park
Iriqui National Park was set up in 1994 as a national park in Morocco with 123,000 hectares.

lriqui National Park occupies the space between the Draa River and the South foothills of the Anti-Atlas, in the provinces of Zagora and Tata.

The park is characterized by typical desert landscape of southern Morocco. The vegetation is represented by a wooded steppe and savanna with acacias. Some of its dunes are covered by tamarix.

During wet periods, Lake lriqui becomes a temporary wetland and a port of call and wintering site for many migratory water birds, including flamingos, coots and geese), which gives the park an important ecological character. The rehabilitation of the wetland was one of the main objectives, when the park was created.

In the park there are houbara bustards, North African ostriches, barbary sheep, dorcas gazelles, oryxes and striped hyenas. There is also a large number of reptiles such as lizard, wyches, monitor lizards, chameleons, geckos and different varieties of snakes.

Apart from a few families settled inside the park, the entire human population of the area are nomadic. The latter, mostly from M'hamid El Ghouzlane practice transhumance along the circuit Figuig - Tan-Tan. The lriqui area is the main place for grazing because of its good grazing potential.

This page was last edited on 19 November 2016, at 15:02.
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