Al Ma'wa for Nature & Wildlife

Al Ma'wa for Nature & Wildlife

A partnership project between Princess Alia Foundation and FOUR PAWS in Jordan


Through a partnership between the 'Princess Alia Foundation' and FOUR PAWS in 2011, Al Ma'wa for Nature and Wildlife was established in order to provide a regional solution for rescued wildlife.

Why this project?

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is located between three continents, giving Jordan rich biodiversity. Moreover, this location is what makes Jordan a hot transit area for transporting wildlife both legally and illegally between sources and markets. Jordan has enacted much legislation in order to protect wildlife and became signatories to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

This project provides a solution for rescued wild animals and offers emergency relief to animals from crisis areas in the Middle East. Animals from conflict-torn regions are especially vulnerable; the lack of resources, people, power and facilities often leave them to fend for themselves. The Al Ma'wa for Nature and Wildlife project contains two entities, namely the New Hope Centre, located in Amman, and the Al Ma'wa Wildlife Reserve, located in Jerash. The New Hope Centre serves as the main veterinary clinic, quarantine and rehabilitation facility for all confiscated and rescued wildlife. Animals admitted to the New Hope Centre receive immediate medical care and undergo the rehabilitation program. Animals that cannot be sent to their country of origin or released into the wild find a permanent home in Al Ma'wa Wildlife Reserve, which covers 140 hectares. Species-specific enclosures ensure the animals have enough space and appropriate conditions which best suit their natural needs.

The animals in New Hope Centre and Al Ma'wa Wildlife Reserve were mainly rescued from irresponsible private owners and zoos that could or would not look after them properly. Another main task of the project is education on the issue of the wildlife trade in Jordan.

Reliable partner in the region

The Princess Alia Foundation has been a strong partner of FOUR PAWS in the region for years. The Princess Alia Foundation works to promote the balance, harmony and respect for all creation, through bringing stakeholders together under one banner, creating a functional and effective working group using a holistic approach to tackle the tasks ahead. The foundation draws upon the knowledge and expertise of the partners in order to implement sustainable change, establishing Jordan as a leader and role model in the field. The Princess Alia Foundation works towards ensuring the respect and balance of nature, using a holistic and humane approach.

With the New Hope Centre (since 2011) and the Al Ma'wa Wildlife Reserve (since 2016), FOUR PAWS and the Princess Alia Foundation are able to help animals in distress. The project is additionally supported by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the 30 Millions d’Amis Foundation.

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The animals from Al Ma'wa

Al Ma'wa means ‘the shelter’ in Arabic and keeps this promise to all its inhabitants. Animals rescued from the most horrible conditions are brought here, to finally live a species-appropriate life based on the Five Domains Model

Most of the animals rescued by FOUR PAWS from the war zones, like Mosul, Aleppo, Gaza, have found a refuge at Al Ma'wa.

Al Ma'wa is getting bigger and needs constantly to be ready to welcome new animals and build new enclosures for them. There is no wildlife rescue center of comparable size in the region.

Visit Al Ma'wa

Al Ma'wa is now opened to the public and visitors can have a guided tour for 10 JOD for foreigners, 5 JOD for local adults and 2 JOD for children.

There, you can enjoy the beautiful Ajloun protected forest, the animals, but also the new cafeteria of Al Ma'wa.

The project is still ongoing and further developments will be added to it in order to raise awareness and increase the tourism in the region.

For further information, please contact directly Al Ma'wa:

You can also find more information about the animals and the updates on the Al Ma'wa website:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, as a security measure, our sanctuary is closed to the public until further notice. The safety of our visitors, staff, and animals is always our highest priority. During this time, we will continue to ensure that our animals are being provided with everything they need. We hope to open again very soon and apologise for any inconvenience.