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Siliana: new batch of Atlas gazelles resettled in Jebel Serj Park.

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(TAP) - A new batch of 21 Atlas gazelles from the Andalusian city of Almeria (Spain) was received on Thursday afternoon at Jebel Serj National Park (governorate Siliana), during a ceremony held in the presence of Habib Abid, Director General of forests, and Spain's Ambassador in Tunisia, Juan Lopez-Doriga Perez.

A first batch of 22 gazelles was carried by aircraft last Tuesday to the military airport of Laouina then by truck for the resettlement of this species in the Jebel Serj Park. A training session on the monitoring and protection of the animal is provided for conservators of national parks and forest service personnel.

This action falls within the framework of co-operation between the Ministry of Local Affairs and Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Tunisian Association for the protection of wildlife, on the one hand and the Higher Council for Scientific Research of Spain, on the other hand.

Created in 2010, the National Park of Jebel Serj has undergone significant work for a total cost of 14 million dinars, involving the construction of an ecological museum, the construction of a road connecting the village of Hmada to the park, as well as secondary roads and the installation of lighting with solar and wind energy, in addition to the construction of a shelter for gazelles.

Jebel Serj houses one of the most important nature reserves in Tunisia, because of its rich fauna (serval, fox, jackal, mongoose, hedgehog, peregrine falcon, booted eagle, Barbary partridge) and fauna (Montpellier maple, Kermes oak, wild olive trees, Aleppo pine, carob, Barbary thuja), and the beauty of its natural sites including the famous cave of Ain Dhahab.

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Publication:Agency Tunis Afrique Press
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Date:Oct 21, 2016
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