Dana Nature Reserve
Dana Nature Reserve (also called Dana Biosphere Reserve), is the largest reserve in Jordan, and was established by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) to study and preserve local flora and fauna.
Located within easy reach of the historic King's Highway, Dana is one of Jordan's hidden gems. Run in cooperation with the local community, the reserve has generated an income that has enabled the 15th century Dana village to be rebuilt and has also helped finance local schools. Villagers have been encouraged to make local crafts, which are on sale to visitors. Particularly good are the candles and leatherware made by Bedouin woman near Feynan Ecolodge onthe western border of Dana.
A wide variety of mammals and reptiles have been recorded at Dana, and no less than 215 species of birds have been identified, including some rarities such as the magnificent black Verreux's eagle (below) and the Syrian Serin.
There are many hiking trails available and field guides will lead tours in the early morning and late afternoon.
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