Morocco is located in the far northwestern corner of Africa. It is isolated from the rest of the continent by the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert. Because of its location, Morocco has tropical beaches, highland valleys as well as mountains and desert.It really is a land of contrast! The variety of environments and climates allows Morocco to have a vast of array of animal and plant life.

The Sahara Desert

The Sahara is the world's largest desert. The Sahara desert stretches across much of North Africa covering over 9,000,000 square kilometers (roughly the size of the United States). In fact, the Sahara covers some 30% of the entire African continent. It is the hottest place in the world with summer temperatures that often exceeds 57 degrees Celsius.
he vegetation includes shrubs, grasses, and trees in the highland and in the oases along the river beds. Some of the plants are well adjusted to the climate since they sprout within three days of rain and sow their seeds within two weeks after that.

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African Welwitchsia Date Palm Oleander

Animals in the Sahara are mainly Gerbils, Cape Hare, Deer, Weasels, Baboons, Jackals, Sand Foxes, Mongooses, Desert Hedgehogs and over 300 bird species.


Fennec Fox - is the smallest of all foxes, but it also has big eyes and huge ears. The Fennec's ears help them keep cool in the desert heat and also help them hear potential food or enemies. Fennecs live in burrows where they sleep during the heat of the day. This is important since most Fennec foxes live near the Sahara desert. They hunt at night and like to eat insects, lizards, eggs and fruit.

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Morocco's mountain ranges are incredible areas of wilderness and beauty. As well as offering superb and breathtaking scenery whilst driving from one part of Morocco to another, the Atlas and Rif Mountains have some wonderful hotels and 'retreats' to entice visitors away from the cities and coasts.