Threatened Species

SPNL volunteer caught wild animals and filmed them in Anjar

SPNL volunteer Berj Tamborian caught wild animals and filmed the scenes  in Hima Anjar. Tamborian recorded the scenes he created by feeding several animals including bedger, hyena, river otter, porcupine, red fox, rock partridge, and weasle. Mammals are perhaps the hardest group of animals to see in the wild. Many, such as the mice, voles and shrews are small. Many only come …

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New hope for rare monk seals

Photo credit: Imad Saidi Mediterranean monk seal was seen near sporting club – Beirut on 12 April 2014. The Mediterranean monk seal has been considered extinct in Lebanon for many years, and it is likely that this particular individual originates from elsewhere. On 2010, Simon Nadim, Managing Director of the Pure Tech Diving Facility in Batroun, Lebanon, reported two separate …

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Beirut’s sea turtles under threat

With sea turtles endangered throughout the world, Lebanon, and especially the South, has fast become known as one of the marine reptiles’ main nesting areas. Government measures designed to protect the animals and its fragile habitats have lagged behind the global trend. These photos of sea turtles were taken at sporting Beirut a couple of years back, sea turtles can …

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Vulture killing drug now available on EU market

By Rebecca Langer, Diclofenac is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that has wiped out vulture populations in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Now, a repeat of this ecological disaster is threatening Europe. Despite the fact that safe alternative drugs are readily available, Diclofenac has been authorised for use on domestic animals in Italy, and in Spain where 80% of European vultures live, …

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Northern Bald Ibis

The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) is a critically endangered migratory species as per the IUCN Red List, with a remaining population in Turkey, Syria, and Morocco. Formerly, the population of the Northern Bald Ibis had been spread over Northern Africa and the Middle East. The rapid decrease in its population over the years is owed to unidentified natural causes, …

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Save The Last Turtle Sanctuary In Hima Qoleileh and Mansouri

Mansouri and Qolaila beaches are two of the most beautiful and clean beaches in Lebanon and are also well protected turtle reserves by local community initiative. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon announced this high marine biodiversity area, a Hima, on 13 December 2006 for Hima Qolaili and 16 February 2008 for Hima Mansouri, to protect the …

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Dalmatian Pelican

The Dalmatian Pelican is a migratory soaring bird that is listed as “vulnerable” as per the IUCN Red-list. It breeds in Eastern Europe and east central Asia, and the current population estimates ranges between 10,000-20,000 individuals. During the 19th and the 20th century, the population of the Dalmatian Pelican has decreased dramatically due to destruction of habitats, illegal shooting, pollution, …

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Cyrtopodion (Cyrtopodion amictophole)

This species appears to be restricted to Mount Hermon in southwestern Syria, and from the Mount Lebanon Range in central Lebanon (known from a single, recently collected specimen). It is found above 1,300 m asl on Mount Hermon and up to 2,000 m asl in Lebanon. Cyrtopodion amictophole is classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List. Listed as Endangered …

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Endangered Species: Lebanon viper (Montivipera bornmuelleri)

A venomous snake, the Lebanon viper (Montivipera bornmuelleri) is an extremely rare species. There is limited information on its appearance, though members of the Montivipera genus are generally known to be short-tailed species. They also have a low number of enlarged scales on the underside of the tail, and all Montivipera species share a similar fragmented dorsal pattern. The pattern …

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Living with the Bonelli’s eagle, an endangered species, an environment to be protected

The Bonelli’s Eagle, a large bird of prey typically found in Mediterranean regions, has become increasingly rare over the twentieth century. Today, this species is of particular concern to nature preservation associations and is the subject of a national action plan that aims to eliminate the causes of its decline. Interview with the Languedoc-Roussillon conservatory of natural areas (CEN LR): …

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