The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) was established by the late King Hussein with the mission of helping to conserve the biodiversity of Jordan and to integrate its conservation programs with socio-economic development in the surrounding communities. At the same time, the RSCN’s charge is to help promote wider public support for the protection of the natural environment within Jordan and in neighboring countries.
Petra Moon Tourism Services is the leading tour operator in Jordan in partnership with the RSCN. We can help you arrange a variety of adventure programs, educational tours and handicraft workshops.
Besides employing local villagers as guides, conservators and lodge staff, the RSCN has handicraft projects in Dhana including organic farming and organic food products, silver and copper jewelry, goat-leather nature boxes and bags and candle-making.
- Dana Nature Reserve
- Azraq Wetlands Reserve
- Shumari Wildlife Refuge
- Wadi Mujib
- Ajlun Woodland Reserve
- Dibeen forest
Dana Nature Reserve is a system of wadis and mountains which extends from the top of the Rift Valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. Dana is truly a world of natural treasures. Visitors to Dana will experience the beauty of Rummana Mountain, the mystery of the ancient archaeological ruins alongside the Wadi Finan Eco-lodge, the timeless tranquility of Dana Village, and the grandeur of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Wadi Dana. The RSCN operates the 9-room Dhana Guest House in the old Bedouin village of Dhana, and the seasonal Rummana Camp inside the Dhana Nature Reserve. At the bottom of Wadi Dhana, the Wadi Finan Eco-Lodge provides comfortable accommodations while exploring the extensive ruins of the ancient copper mines and settlements of Finan.
Azraq is a unique wetland located in the heart of the arid Jordanian desert. It contains several pools, a seasonally flooded marshland, and a large mudflat. A wide variety of birds visit the reserve each year, either stopping for a short rest on their long migration between Africa and Europe or Asia; or they stay for the winter and some breed in the wetland.
With international support, a rescue effort started in 1994 and a significant portion of the wetland has been restored. Many of the birds for which the oasis was renowned are coming back and special boardwalks and bird hides have been constructed to enable visitors to see and enjoy them. It is 12 square kilometers in size.
The Azraq Lodge operated by the RSCN is located in a former British Army military hospital. The handicraft workshops in the area produce products including hand-painted ostrich eggs, fabric bags, puzzles and they have just become the suppliers for all the sleeping bags for the Jordanian Army.
Created as a breeding centre for endangered or locally extinct wildlife, the Shumari Reserve is home to some of the rarest species of animals in the Middle East. In this small 22 Km2 reserve, you can often see the Arabian Oryx roaming freely in the desert grassland. Ostriches, Gazelles, and Onagers can also be observed in their enclosures. Shumari’s breeding enclosures provide a small “zoo” for visitors, making the reserve a popular spot for children and school outings. These animals are rebuilding their populations in this safe haven, protected from the hunting and habitat destruction that nearly wiped them out.
Wadi Mujib Nature Reserve; the lowest reserve on earth
Bordering the Dead Sea at 400 meters below sea level, the Mujib Nature Reserve surrounds Wadi Mujib, a deep and majestic canyon that cuts through rugged highlands and drains into the Dead Sea. Seasonal streams flow through many of the wadis, supporting luxurious aquatic plants in the river-beds. Visitors will be fascinated by Mujib’s challenge, solace, and serenity in a true wilderness environment.
Ajloun Woodland Reserve is located in the Ajloun Highlands, around the extension of a long valley known as Wadi Ain Zubia (13 square k.m.). It consists of a Mediterranean hill country, dominated by open woodlands of oak and pistachio. The rich greenery of Ajloun has made it a popular spot for picnickers and hikers.
The Ajloun Wilderness Lodge consist of a few bungalows and a number of spacious cabin tents on raised platforms. There’s a delightful treetop dining room, and among the local handicraft products you’ll find wonderful olive-oil and herbal soaps and bath products.
Dibeen forest is situated just south of the famous Roman city of Jerash, where it cloaks the steep hillsides over an area of some eight square kilometers. Most of the trees are Aleppo pines, mixed with evergreen oak (Quercus calliprinos) and a scattering of red-barked arbutus. It also has a few wild olive, pistachio and pear trees. The Aleppo pines are some of the oldest and largest in the kingdom and Dibeen is the driest part of the world in which they are known to grow naturally.