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Mitzpe Ramon Visitors’ Center

Street address:   Mitzpe Ramon, Southern Negev
Mailing address:   P O Box 340, Mitzpe Ramon 80600
Telephone number:   972 7 658 8691, 972 7 658 8708
Fax number:   972 7 658 8620
Proprietor:   Nature Reserves Authority
Contact:   Mrs Oshra Crabay Curator
Opening hours:   9am-5pm Sun-Thurs, 9am-4.30pm Sat, 9am-3pm Fri; admission charge

Ramon Visitors’ Center provides exhibits and general information on the central Negev mountains and the Ramon Reserve. An audio-visual presentation is available to visitors, along with explanatory material, recommended trail tours and an observation terrace overlooking the Ramon crater. The area is of considerable geological interest. The Ramon Crater is the biggest in the world, 40 kilometres long, 9 kilometres wide and 400 metres deep. Besides a wide variety of geological phenomena, the Reserve exhibits living remnants of an ancient civilisation and diverse wildlife including snakes, rodents, oxen, wolves, hyenas and leopards. In addition to herds of ibex and gazelle, a herd of onagers – wild Asiatic asses – have been returned to their natural habitat and now roam the reserve. The Center also holds natural history lectures and creative workshops.