Shaumari Wildlife Reserve

The Shaumari Wildlife Reserve is a Jordanian nature reserve near the town of Azraq, approximately 100 km (62 mi) east of Amman.

 

It is a regionally important reserve created in 1975 by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature as a breeding center for maintaining the wildlife in the country.

 

The 22-square-kilometre (8.5 sq mi) reserve is a thriving protected environment in the Middle East. Some of the species in the reserve include Arabian oryx, Somali ostriches, Persian onagers and Gazelles.

 

For visitors a playground and picnic area is located on the outside premises of the Visitors' Centre. The observation tower provides eager animal watchers with a perfect location for spotting the Reserve's wildlife. The early hours of the morning are in particular the best for observing the Oryx in its natural environment.