Researchers at the Center for Environmental Education / Lutheran Evangelical Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, along with a group of wildlife photographers and documentarians, were able to document the rare Arab wolf in pictures in Palestine a few days ago, in addition to a number of hyenas. , jackals, foxes, rabbits and Palestinian mountain deer.
The center said in an exclusive report for “Al-Quds” that a few days ago it had made unique photos of the breeding of the Arabian wolf, whose scientific name is Canis lupus arabs, in the desert of Jerusalem, specifically from the views of the Dead Sea. and the female wolf was documented with a group of her cubs.
He noted that the Arabian wolf feeds mainly on meat, as it hunts small and medium-sized animals, including deer, Nubian goats and rodents, and when there is no food, it benefits from human waste and dead animals. It is adapted for life in isolated desert environments.
The center clarified that the exact number of the Arabian wolf is not known in the West Bank, but it is a very rare animal and is found in the remote valleys of the Jerusalem desert and some areas along the Jordan Valley. Wolves are known for their keen intelligence, and they are loyal to each other and to humans, and this is evident from the original wolf animals (such as pet dogs), and wolves are related to marriage for life.
Palestinian or Canaanite dog
According to the center, the Arabian wolf and dog are of the same breed, which was domesticated, as the Zionist movement called the beginning of the conquest of Palestine, or Canaan, and its scientifically adopted name Canaan Dog, or as it is called. from the inhabitants of the desert in Palestine: the desert dog, or Palestinian dog, which is a unique and rare species from the genus of wild dogs. It is one of the few dogs classified and named “original dogs” by the World Canine Federation, counting no more than five species that are still a natural virgin that has not been touched by the human hand in vain and modified, and is a dog . belonging to a rare and ancient breed of dog.
And “Environmental Education” showed that the desert dog is of medium size, square in shape, with length and height close, his body tense with muscles. As for his hair being thick and multi-colored, the most important is snow white, night black, mixing white with black and sand color, and lives about 17 years, has few diseases and genes are free from unwanted mutations and he has an ancient relationship with the people of Palestine and the special people of Bara ‘.
And the center reported what was reported from the Matras website about what happened in the 1930s, when Austrian kenologist Rudolphia emigrated to Palestine from the home of Rudolphina Menzel, who was questioned by several Zionist militant groups (including “Haganah”) to find a dog suitable for them to guard and help in their fight against the people of the country, I found the Palestinian dog and the dog up to that point was called the “Arab Dog”. long life in a very competitive environment like the Al-Lotan desert, and so Manzil contributed to the kidnapping of these dogs by their people in the desert of Palestine and their training for “Haganah”, i.e. in favor of fighting. their owners and their original breeders, until British Mandate forces asked Haganah in 1942 to train 400 of her dogs to send to support her forces in North Africa in the face of Bedouins raiding their camps at night.
Registration of rare birds
“Environmental Education” stated that it had recorded a group of rare birds in the recent period, including the hawk, which is considered a rare bird in Palestine, in addition to the pink Sinai sparrow, which is the national bird of Jordan, and a good number of endangered Egyptian vulture. Earlier in the year the dab (wall climber) Tichodroma muraria was recorded, and the olive-backed head, whose scientific name is Anthus hodgsoni, is a new record that will be added to the list of Palestinian birds. .
Invitations and phone calls
As International Day for the Protection of Biological Diversity approaches on 22 May, the Center called for the protection of Palestinian plants, birds and wildlife and not to undermine the unique aspects of Palestine diversity, which is characterized by four plant regions. : Mediterranean, Saharan, Sudanese intervention and Iranian Tuarn.
He called on citizens to speed up the removal of weeds from their fields, near their homes and roads, the spreading firewood and their transmission to the original trees, rare plants and bird habitats.
The center renewed the invitation for journalists, researchers and stakeholders to document biodiversity through photographs. This represents a great economic, environmental and aesthetic value, at a time when this diversity is exposed to negligence, pollution and harm and suffers the spread of accidental waste.
Source: Al-Quds dot com – Georges Zina