Toubkal National Park is situated 70 kilometres from Marrakech in Western Morocco.
Toubkal National Park covers an area of 380 sq km. Toubkal National Park is a national park that
protects a vast areas in the High Atlas mountain range. It is
located 70 kilometers from Marrakesh in Central Western Morocco.
Toubkal National Park was established in 1942 to protect an area
with exceptional biodiversity dominated by forests of oak and cedar.
Today it covers a total area of 380 square kilometers. The highest
peak within this biosphere reserve is Jbel Toubkal Mount or simply
Toubkal Mount with a total elevation of 4,167 meters above sea
It has a particular climate of great diversity. We find
bioclimatic areas from the middle semi-arid to the high mountain
bioclimate, through the lower humidity of the fresh type (according
to Emberger). Snow plays a very important role in this park.
There are about 16 mammal species living in the National Park,
including mane-jumper, cuvier gazelle, Barbary macaque, common
porcupine, striped hyena and atlas. In former times also Berber
leopards and Berber lions were resident here; however, both are
considered extinct (in the wild).
Once home to the Berber
lions, this national park could perhaps become its new home.
Descendants of various lions are examined by DNA for their descent.
The most promising candidates should then be sent to a breeding
program. The final phase will ultimately see a release in a National
Park in the High Atlas.