|Central coordinates||7o 55.00' West 31o 4.00' North|
|Altitude||1,000 - 4,167m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site is a National Park covering 36,000 ha of the High Atlas, including the highest mountain in Morocco, Jbel Toubkal (4,167 m). Located only 60 km south of the town of Marrakech, the dramatic mountain scenery attracts thousands of visitors each year, many of whom climb Jbel Toubkal or trek elsewhere in the park. The mountain summits are often only slightly above the level of their surrounding high plateaus, which are separated by deep valleys. The park extends from 1,000 m upwards and therefore encompasses a range of vegetation-types, from forest to alpine meadow. Forest only covers 15% of the park, and consists mainly of the oldest Quercus rotundifolia stands in the High Atlas and Juniperus thurifera. Along the valleys, irrigated agriculture is practised and most of the park is used for extensive livestock-grazing.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Mahgreb Green Woodpecker Picus vaillantii||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans||breeding||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Tristram's Warbler Sylvia deserticola||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Moussier's Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura||resident||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica||breeding||1999||present||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Toubkal||National Park||38,000||protected area contains site||36,000|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity Until the 1960s the large carnivore Panthera pardus panthera (CR) survived here, but it is now considered extinct. There is an increasing population of the ungulate Ammotragus lervia (VU)—up from a few dozen individuals in the 1960s to 400 in 1996—and troops of the primate Macaca sylvanus (VU) occur. The gazelle Gazella cuvieri (EN) is being reintroduced in an enclosure. Seven endemic reptiles are present: Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus, Lacerta andreanskyi, Psammodromus microdactylus, Chalcides montanus, C. polyepsis, Ophisaurus koellikeri and Vipera monticola. The Parc National de Toubkal is also rich in endemic plants; indeed, of the 145 endemic Moroccan plant taxa, 24 have only ever been recorded from the park. Levels of plant endemism increase at higher altitudes: for example, of the 19 plant species found above 3,800–3,900 m, 15 are endemic.
References BCEOM-SECA (1995d, e).
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