Iriqui National Park
|Iriqui National Park|
L’Oasis sacrée d’oum Lâalag in the Iriqui National Park
|Nearest city||Foum Zguid|
|Governing body||Kingdom of Morocco: High Commission for Water, Forests and Desertification Control|
Flora and fauna
During wet periods, Lake Iriqui becomes a temporary wetland and a port of call and wintering site for many migratory water birds, including flamingos, coots and geese, which gives the park an important ecological character. The rehabilitation of the wetland was one of the main objectives, when the park was created.
In the park there are houbara bustards, North African ostriches, barbary sheep, dorcas gazelles, oryxes and striped hyenas. There is also a large number of reptiles such as lizard, wyches, monitor lizards, chameleons, geckos and different varieties of snakes.
Apart from a few families settled inside the park, the entire human population of the area are nomadic. The latter, mostly from M'hamid El Ghouzlane practice transhumance along the circuit Figuig - Tan-Tan. The Iriqui area is the main place for grazing because of its good grazing potential.
The rich landscape and cultural heritage of the region gives the park an important ecotourism potential that will be a lever for local economic development. Its establishment is part of a strategy to boost tourism in southern Morocco, which might become ultimately an important lever for the promotion and development of the Saharan areas.