Documentary puts spotlight on Jordan wildlife

22nd Feb 2013

Jordan's desert beauty, historic sites and wildlife are to be featured in a new documentary to be aired on British TV.

Meanwhile, visitors taking specialist tours to Jordan will be able to experience the country's various habitats in one place when the new Royal Botanic Garden opens near the capital Amman in June.

Covering 180 acres, the gardens re-create five Jordanian habitats including a juniper forest, a deciduous oak wood and the Jordan Valley.

Viewers watching the BBC's Wild Arabia series will discover that despite its desert landscape, Jordan is home to an array of wildlife including the desert fox, striped hyena and Asiatic jackal as well as 190 bird species, dozens of reptile species and wild plants including the black iris - Jordan's national flower.

The grey wolf, sand cat and ibex are among the creatures living in the towering sand dunes of Wadi Rum while Hume's tawny owl and the Sinai rose finch can be found in the carved Nabatean temples and shrines in the ancient city of Petra.

Sand, Wind and Stars, the first of three episodes in the Wild Arabia series, will be broadcast on BBC2 and BBC HD at 9pm on Friday.

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