In agreement with Tunisian authorities,

Jebel Serj NP was selected as the appropriate area

to begin this reintroduction project

Jebel Serj National Park

The National Park is in North-West Tunisia, in Jebel Serj delegations Siliana-South and the governorates of Oueslatia Siliana and Kairouan. It is part of the mountain range named Dorsal that ranges from the Southwest to Northeast.  It was established in March 2010 on an area of 1,720 ha. , and represents an extension of the Natural Reserve of Jebel Serj that extends over 100 hectares.  This Natural Reserve was created in 1993 to primarily protect a relict population of Montpellier Maple (Acer monspessulanum), a very threatened tree species in Tunisia.

The highest point of the park rises to 1,357m a.s.l. The countless cliffs provide excellent refuges for many birds of prey, mainly in spring.


In Tunisia, …in recent years we have seen it [the Cuvier’s gazelle] in the forest of Gafour near Sidi Ayed and the Jebel Harraba, the Ouenza in the forest of Kessera at Jebel Serj and in the chain of Byzacène

Monchicourt, 1918

The establishment of the Reserve and the National Park of Serj has brought both a specific enrichment and a quantity of wildlife.


We can meet especially mammals such as


birds such as the


There are also reptiles like the Montpellier’s snake (Malpolon monspessulanus). A large population of bats seems also to occupy Jebel caves.


The vegetation is particularly rich in Jebel Serj. An extremely dense Mediterranean forest occupy the area with:


among others tree species, including the Montpellier maple (Acer monspessulanum)


On the other hand, plant species like:

  • White stonecrop (Sedum album)
  • Corsican stonecrop (Sedum dasyphyllum)
  • Black spleenwort (Asplenium adiantum‐nigrum)
  • Polypody (Polypodium vulgare)


comprise a perennial herbaceous layer influencing most the ecosystem as both food providers and organic contributors to the soil.

Eco Museum

An Ecomuseum has been built to showcase important elements of Jebel Serj natural heritage. There the visitor can learn about its environment, flora and fauna.

Some  observation  towers have been built  to  enhance  visitors’  experiences with  the  gazelle’s  way  of  life  as  well  as  to  provide  them  with  a  fascinating  view  of  the canopy and a great part of the National Park

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You can send any comment or question about the gazella cuvier's  reintroduction project in Tunisia to the following email or in the following contact direction:


Estación Experimental de Zonas Aridas

Ctra. de Sacramento s/n, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120, Almería (Spain)


Tel: (+34) 950951120

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