Ifrane National Park, Ifrane

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Ifrane National Park is a national park located in the Middle Atlas mountain range, in Morocco. Its territory extends over the Western part of the Middle Atlas mountains and areas within the provinces of Ifrane and Boulmane. It was established in 2004,and covers an area of 125.000 ha. Much of the park is forested with Atlas cedar. Ifrane National Park is one of the few remaining habitats for the Barbary macaque, Macaca sylvanus; this primate prehistorically had a much broader range in North Africa, but currently survives as an endangered species in narrowly restricted and fragmented habitats.CreationIfrane National Park was conceived in 1994 and established in October 2004 due to many reasons such as the existence of remarkable species in the territory, the presence of internationally important ecosystems, and the increase of human activity and resource exploitation.Since the 1990s, Morocco got involved in the conception of strategies that can help in protecting the environment and biodiversity through projects and conventions such as Ramsar. Ifrane National Park is one of the strategies that the Moroccan state came up with in order to demonstrate the importance of its forests and ecosystems.TerritoryThe park initially covered an area of 53800 ha, and got enlarged in April 2008 so as to currently cover 125.000 ha. The zone encompasses some of the most ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands and high-altitude forests. It is believed that the park's altitude varies between 1300 and 2400 meters including the cedar forest located in the province of Ifrane.
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  • Beautiful cedar forest in the Middle Atlas inhabited by very nice berths now accustomed to the presence of man and willing to socialize. Extremely special area, it seems to be in Switzerland.
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  • We came early in the afternoon and always hungry monkeys welcome us and walked around us till we ran out of food for them which you can easily buy with local sellers. You can afford yoursef picnic the...  more »
  • Many beautiful jewelry well presented ,but I'm touched deeply by the good livers, the sympathy and perfect soul of the sellers.
  • Ifrane is a town in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains. It’s known for its alpine-style architecture and nearby ski slopes and forests. A stone statue of a lion near leafy Parc la Prairie is a well-known landmark. Just outside town, Ain Vittel is a spring with several waterfalls. To the west, Ifrane National Park, with its Atlas cedar forests, is home to rare Barbary macaques.
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