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Wildlife of Chréa National Park

The Chréa National Park is one of Algeria's smaller conservation areas, but it is nonetheless home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Its ancient Atlas cedar forests are home to a population of Barbary Macaques, which are listed as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), and the park is home to eight species of bats which, while often overlooked because of their nocturnal habits, play an important role in the ecology of the region as they keep insect populations in check.

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Algerian Artist Mohamed Temmam

Mohamed Temmam (February 23, 1915 – July 15, 1988) is remembered for his artistic skill and talent, particularly in the style of miniature painting and illumination. Visitors to the National Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts) in Algiers will have the opportunity of viewing several superb examples of this talented Algerian artist's work which includes themes from his childhood, still life portrayals of traditional Algerian items, spectacular landscapes and insightful portraits. His illumination works – decoration of texts and manuscripts - embraced folk-art and Arab-Muslim art with his own unique flair.

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Algeria's Wildlife: Algerian Hedgehogs

Measuring between 20 and 25 cm in length, the North African hedgehog (Atelerix algirus) is found in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Malta, France and Spain. As this cute little hedgehog is native to North Africa, it is generally agreed that it was introduced into France, Spain, the Balearic Islands and Malta by humans. Also known as the Algerian hedgehog, the North African hedgehog is one of four species in the Atelerix genus, the others being the four-toed hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris); the Southern African hedgehog (Atelerix frontalis); and the Somali hedgehog (Atelerix sclateri).

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A Brief History of the Kingdom of Tlemcen

Located in northwestern Algeria, the city of Tlemcen is the administrative capital of the Tlemcen province, a region known for its lush vineyards and olive plantations. The city has thriving carpet, textile and leather industries and its rich culture reflects elements of Islamic, Arabic, Berber and Andalucían influences. Perfectly situated in the mountains, the climate is somewhat cooler than surrounding areas, making it a popular retreat from the summer heat for both domestic and international holidaymakers.

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Enjoy the 'Queen of all Dates' in Algeria

Cultivated for its deliciously sweet and nutritious fruit, the date palm is a familiar sight in Algeria, with desert oasis towns generally featuring large palm groves. There are many different varieties of dates, but the most prized of them all is the Deglet Nour, referred to as the 'Queen of all dates', which originated in Algeria. The name itself means 'date of light' or 'translucent', which well describes the light golden color of the fruit. The Deglet Nour date is one of Algeria's top export products, and the municipality of Tolga, in the Biskra Province of Algeria, is home to more than half a million date palm trees, producing these high quality fruits.

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Fine Arts and Archeology at the Cirta Constantine Museum

Located in the historical city of Constantine, the National Cirta Constantine Museum (Musée Cirta Constantine) offers visitors a fascinating window into the region's past, particularly during the time of Roman occupation. Consisting of a ground floor exhibition hall, an upper floor and a beautifully maintained garden, the museum features three main categories, Ethnographic, Fine Arts and Archeological, the latter encompassing twelve rooms giving a comprehensive chronological overview of the region from prehistory through to today.

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The Fennec Fox: Algeria's National Animal

With its disproportionately large ears, slanted eyes and pointy nose, the attractive little fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) is the national animal of Algeria, and the nickname of the country's national football team - Les Fennecs. Also referred to as the 'desert fox', being a reference to its preferred habitat, the fennec is likely to be spotted in the arid regions of Algeria, as well as in other North African countries. The fennec is the world's smallest canid species and well adapted to thrive in the often harsh environment that is its home. It is considered to be of 'least concern' from a conservation standpoint, and raptors are the fennec's main threat to survival.

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Enjoy Algeria's National Dish

Considered to be the national dish of Algeria, couscous is a versatile, nutritious and delicious staple food served in a variety of different ways. Couscous is so essential in everyday life for Algerians, that it is often referred to simply as Ta'ām, meaning 'food'. Originating in North Africa, couscous is found on supermarket shelves around the world, with pre-cooked varieties putting this tasty ingredient on the table in 15 minutes. But many would argue that these forms of couscous, while being convenient for a busy household, cannot be compared with the original ingredient, which takes time, patience and effort to produce and is really a labor of love.

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