Utoma Protected Area
This is the first to be declared as protected area. It is located in Dhamar province. It lies at elevations ranging from 920 to 2800 meters above sea level and covers an area of 460 km2. It is characterized by a volcanic series of mountains with granite cliffs. This series is intersected by deep valleys and springs that hold water throughout the year.
Utoma has a rich biodiversity. Over 130 plant species have so far been recorded. Several wild mammals species, including wolves, hyenas, foxes, hares and hedgehogs, and birds such as vultures, eagles, falcons and partridges are known to occur here.
Although no management plan has been prepared for Utoma PA, it was officially declared in 1999 by the “Prime Minster’s decree” number 137.