Belezma National Park - A Haven for Endangered Species
The Belezma National Park is located around 25 kilometers north-west of the town of Batna in the North East Region of Algeria. Incorporating the Belezma Mountains, the park covers an area of more than 262 square kilometers and has a climate ranging from cool sub-humid to dry semi-arid, providing a variety of habitats suitable for the more than 300 resident species of wildlife. The park also has more than 440 species of flora, many of which are endemic to the area.
Of the animals living in the Belezma National Park, 59 species are considered to be endangered. Among these are the Cuvier’s Gazelle and the Dorcas Gazelle, both of which were once plentiful in the wild, but are now only found in North African nature reserves, including Algeria’s Belezma National Park. Atlas Barbary Sheep, a species of goat-antelope, were once a common sight in north Africa but are now only seen in reserves. These sure-footed animals have the advantage of being able to find food and water in seemingly inaccessible places that other grazing animals cannot reach, and visitors to the Belezma National Park have a good chance of spotting one of these illusive and solitary animals in the semi-arid areas of the park.
Another endangered resident of the Belezma National Park is the Serval – a slender, long-legged feline with dark spotted, tawny colored fur. Although these attractive medium-sized wild cats are masters of camouflage, visitors may very well see one in the savanna-like habitat of the park. While spotting one of the endangered inhabitants of the park is a thrilling prospect, with the stunning scenery and so many interesting birds and other animals to see, a visit to Algeria's Belezma National Park is always a richly rewarding experience.