The largest of Lebanon nature reserves,



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Covers an area of 50,000 hectares, equivalent to about 5% of the overall area of Lebanon, making it one of the largest mountain protected areas in the Middle East Boasts 620 hectares of Cedrus libani forest, the largest expanse of this species in Lebanon and 25% of the remaining cedar forests in the country 520 species of plants, 25 internationally and nationally threatened species, 48 plants endemic to Lebanon/Syria/Turkey, and 14 rare species 250 bird species, many of them attracted to the Ammiq wetland 31 species of reptiles and amphibians including chameleon, tortoise, and several species of snakes, lizards, frogs, and toads