El Kala National Park situated in the North
East corner of Algeria in the El Tarf province covers 800 square miles. El Kala National Park protected nature reserve is made of a
mosaic of ecosystems including sclerophyllous forests, coastal
Mediterranean, lakes, deserts and marine. Due to its biodiversity this Algerian park was
recognized by UNESCO in 1990. Many of the species that live here are endemic.
Human expansion, hunting and reckless behaviour of some of the tourists put
many of the species in danger of complete extinction.
Natural Park contains a small zoo, eco- museum and several bird watching
towers. Lakes and adjusted wetlands are particularly abundant in many
species of birds. Lake Tonga is one of the most popular and easily reached
for tourists. Aside hiking and camping this park draws many people for swimming and diving
in the Mediterranean sea off the coast of Algeria. If you are lucky you
might see a
Barbary stag, a small specie of a deer that is common here. In all there is about 88 species of
different birds and 40 species of mammals living here.