OK, I've assembled another photo album for you. . .this one to showcase the flora and fauna of Jordan:
Jordan is not known for the quantity and diversity of its animal life. There are plenty of camels and goats and, if you're a female visitor, you might consider some of the menfolk animalistic. :-) (I jest. Most of them are welcoming and well behaved.)
On the other hand, the country boasts over 2,500 species of wild plants and flowers, but desertification, pollution, and urban sprawl have caused at least 10 of them to become extinct in the last century. While I was living in Jordan, there was much hand wringing over the fact that less than 1% of the land in the country is forested. Most of that is in the north, as one travels from Amman to Damascus.
Under the late King Hussein's reign, the government established a dozen protected areas, which comprise only about 1% of Jordan's total land area (versus the 9% allocated in neighboring Saudi Arabia and the 11% allocated in the U.S.). There is a Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and, if the photos posted in my new album aren't enough for you, you might want to have a gander at the RSCN's albums:
I hope you enjoy viewing the beautiful photos in this album. Looking at them, it's rather difficult to reconcile the beauty with all the strife in the region.
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