The Shaumari Wildlife Reserve is once again welcoming the public this summer following a five-year maintenance and refurbishment programme.

Originally opening in 1975, the wildlife protection reserve was the first of its kind in Jordan and is home to some of the rarest species in the Middle East including Oryx, gazelles, hyena, Imperial Eagles and onagers.

Guests can explore the story of the reserve inside its renovated visitor centre, before taking in the sights and sounds of the semi-desert landscapes on a guided Oryx Safari Tour.

Nasr Al-Tamimi, The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, Wild Jordan, said: “Shaumari Wildlife Reserve is a fantastic experience for tourists visiting Jordan as it showcases the diversity of our country and passion for conservation whether it is wildlife, history or culture. Every visitor that comes will also be helping to safeguard this important reserve as money will be reinvested in breeding programmes to continue reviving species that are endangered or rare.”

Situated south east of Amman, the centre is open daily to visitors. Spaces on the Oryx Safari tours are limited with only seven-people taken out on each excursion, so advanced booking comes recommended.

For more information go to visitjordan.com or visit wildjordan.com

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