Chouf Cedar Reserve

Chouf Cedar Reserve

The largest of Lebanon’s nature reserves, it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2005. This Cedar forest accounts for a quarter of the remaining cedar forest in Lebanon, and some trees are estimated to be 2,000 years old. The size of the reserve makes it a good location for the conservation of medium size mammals such as the wolf and the Lebanese jungle cat (although visitors are unlikely to see them), as well as various species of mountain plants. It covers about 5% of the overall area of Lebanon including 24 villages and overlooks both the Bekaa valley to the east and Shouf region to the west. The altitude of the Reserve varies from 1000 meters to 2000 meters above sea level.

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