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The Plight of the Atlas Deer

Originally found in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, the habitat of the Atlas deer is now thought to be restricted to a coastal strip in eastern Algeria, possibly extending into Tunisia. Also known as the Barbary red deer (Cervus elaphus barbarous), the Atlas deer is a subspecies of red deer which is widely distributed across Europe, the Caucasus Mountains, Asia Minor, parts of western and central Asia and Iran. Unlike the red deer found in these areas, the Atlas deer is considered to be 'near threatened' from a conservation standpoint and is listed as such by the IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – and is listed by CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

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Cork Oak Trees of Souk Ahras

Situated on the border between Algeria and Tunisia, the province of Souk Ahras experiences a semi-continental climate supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna. Among the trees found in this area are large forests of Algerian oak, flowering ash trees, Aleppo pines, Cypress trees and cork oak trees. There are an estimated 12,000 hectares of cork oak trees in the Souk Ahras wilaya, where it is cultivated and harvested for a variety of products. Harvesting cork is done without damaging the tree and is therefore cork is viewed as a renewable resource.

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Endangered Gazelles of Algeria

Algeria's nature reserves and protected areas are home to a wide variety of animals, among which are three species of gazelle considered to be endangered in the country by the IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature. These are the Dorcas gazelle, Cuvier's gazelle and slender-horned gazelle. Nature lovers traveling in the Saharan desert of Algeria should be sure to keep an eye out for these graceful desert-dwellers.

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The Historic Jedars of Tiaret Province

Located around 30 km south of the Algerian city of Tiaret, the Jedars are thirteen tombs dating back to the era referred to as Late Antiquity, generally agreed to be between the 4th and 7th centuries CE. Three of these ancient structures stand on Jabal Lakhdar, with the other ten situated on top of Jabal Arawi. Scholars agree that these elevated positions, as well as the size of the structures themselves, indicate that they were constructed for royalty. Unfortunately, the Jedars have been ruined and any evidence pointing to who they were built for, and by whom, has been lost as a result of being plundered through the years. Nevertheless, their similarities with smaller Berber tombs in the area suggest that they are of Berber origin.

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Marais de la Macta: Wetlands of International Importance

Located primarily in the wilaya of Mascara, and partly in Oran and Mostaghanem, Macta is designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International, and the marshlands of Macta (Marais de la Macta) are listed as Wetlands of International Importance by Ramsar. The triangular-shaped area has three major oueds flowing into it from the south, two of which flow throughout the year, ensuring that the marshlands never dry up. This is a major advantage for resident birds and well as for migrant birds stopping over at various times of the year. Macta's combination of open water, marshes, steppes and salt-marshes is unusual in North Africa and provides habitats for a wide range of wildlife.

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Constantine's Eighth Wonder Nears Completion

Hailed as the eighth wonder of the city of Constantine, and referred to locally as the Bridge of Independence, the new 1.2 kilometer Trans-Rhumel viaduct will be the eighth bridge to connect the city to the outside world when it is completed in March 2014. The magnificent cable-stayed bridge will have two lanes for traffic and will be supported by two pillars measuring 130 meters in height, suspended at 80 meters above sea level. Taking into account that Constantine has experienced earthquakes in the past and the bridge will be subject to strong winds, the technical specifications for the project were very precise and stringent, meeting both local requirements and Eurocode standards.

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Algeria's Wildlife: Sand Cats

Algeria's many national parks and nature reserves offer visitors the opportunity to view the country's diverse wildlife in various habitats. Among the animals adapted to the arid conditions of Algeria's Sahara desert are sand cats, with two of the six sub-species being found in Algeria - Felis margarita margarita and Felis margarita meinertzhagenni, the latter being found only in Algerian Sahara. Also referred to as the sand dune cat, the sand cat is the only true desert-dwelling felid and has a number of interesting characteristics that enable it to live in a harsh and arid environment.

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A Tribute to Mustapha Zitouni

Born in Algiers on October 19, 1928, Mustapha Zitouni was a professional football player who played for both France and Algeria during his career. His firm stance for Algeria during the country's struggle for independence made international headlines and went down in history as an example of selfless courage and patriotism. Mustapha Zitouni passed away on January 5, 2014, at the age of 85, having suffered with ill health for some time.

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