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JuniperusExcelsa

Commonly known as Junipers, the JuniperusExcelsa is a tree species found in the Eastern Mediterranean and South Eastern Europe. In Lebanon, it grows at altitudes between 1500-2800m above sea level. The JuniperusExcelsa is classified as a species of least concern (LC) as part of the IUCN RedList.However, in Lebanon, JuniperusExcelsa forests have been severely degraded due to human activities and …

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Give bees a chance

Bees are the world’s most important pollinators, bar none. Increasingly, the global community recognizes that their demise is critical – to both human livelihoods2,3 and the health of ecosystems1.  Honeybee declines are even featured on the cover story of Time Magazine in this year’s August 19th issue, a rare feat for an insect! But long before, the Convention on Biological Diversity took …

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Epinephelus marginatus: A native fish species in Lebanon

The Dusky Grouper or Epinephelus marginatusis a native fish species in Lebanon, that is categorized as “Endangered” as part of the IUCN Red List for globally threatened species. The E. marginatus lives at sea depths ranging between 8 and 300 m, mainly in rocky reefs, and it is considered as a hermaphrodite, that is it changes from female to male. …

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Iris Sofarana: A Species Endemic to Lebanon Only!

The Iris sofarana is a unique plant species from the Iris genus that is endemic only to Lebanon, more specifically the high-altitude mountains of Lebanon. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has not assessed this species yet, but preliminary studies conducted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, suggest that it is highly threatened due to unsustainable grazing, agricultural activities, and …

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Saker Falcon

The Saker Falcon (Falco Cherrug), is a bird species that is native to Lebanon and is classified as Endangered according to the IUCN Red List. This classification has been revised several times in the past years, and it is based on the rapid decline in this species’ population over time in its range area which is estimated to be around …

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Last Northern Bald Ibis in Syria?

Despite the current crisis in Syria, the field team have continued to monitor the ibis, and have reported the sad news that only one of the Northern Bald Ibis has returned to the breeding site at Palmyra this spring. Unfortunately, there are no signs of any more birds so far returning from their migration to Ethiopia. The returning female ‘Zenobia’ …

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Camera trapping in assessing diversity of mammals in Jabal Moussa

Thirteen species of mammals were documented using camera trapping in Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve in Lebanon. The presence of seven carnivores and most interestingly the Rock Hyrax, Procavia capensis, was confirmed. Data on annual activity were also included for all species reported. Introduction The mammals of Lebanon were studied over the past five decades. The earliest detailed studies on the …

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Lesser White-fronted Goose: A Species Under Threat

The smallest goose species in the genus Anser, the Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) is ranked as globally threatened, being recognized as Vulnerable by the IUCN and ranked by BirdLife International as ‘SPEC 1’ within Europe, denoting a European species of global conservation concern. It is listed in Annex 1 of the European Council Directive on the conservation of Wild …

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