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High Hills and Wild Goats: Life Among the Animals of the Hai-Bar Wildlife Refuge

by Bill Clark

Hardcover: 228 pages
Publisher: Little Brown and Company; 1st ed edition (December 1989)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316146005
ISBN-13: 9780316146005

Keyword Abstract:
Bill Clark was the curator of the Hai-Bar Wildlife refuge in Eilat, Israel between 1980 and 1982. The Hai-Bar refuge’s main mandate was the restoration of biblical wildlife to Israel’s Negev Desert. This often comedic and informative account covers such diverse topics as:
  • Hoof care for a male ibex (Capra nubiana)
  • Tranquilizing “Napoleon” a scimitar-horned Oryx (Oryx dammah) to repair a gore wound
  • A hilarious attempt at desert revitalization with an ill conceived irrigation project
  • Rehabilitating “Saint Patrick” a poisoned short-toed eagle.(Circaetus gallicus)
  • Rehabilitation of a lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni)
  • Tracking a female Judean Desert Leopard. (Panthera pardus nimr)
  • Interactions with local Bedouin tribes.
  • Desert Caracals (Caracal caracal) and how the local Bedouin tribes struggled to keep them from eating their chickens.
  • Descriptions of the local Druze people
  • A narrative of how Mesopotamian Fallow Deer (D. dama mesopotamica) were collected from Iran and brought to Israel in the late 1970’s during the Islamic revolution.
  • Rehabilitation of “Sue Ellen” a desert wolf (Canis lupus pallipes) that had been caught in a fence.
  • Challenges of caring for “Bonnie and Clyde” two North African Desert ostriches (Struthio camelus).
  • Description of “Cinderella” a white Oryx (Oryx leucoryx), an animal Crusaders first identified with the legends of “unicorns”
  • A description of how a herd of Onagers (Equus hemionus) were reintroduced back to the Negev desert.
Other Keywords: Sir Richard Attenborough - Bedouin Culture - Druze History and culture - Biblical Wildlife - Animal Re-introduction Techniques - Wild Animal Emergency Care

Key questions answered in this book:
  • What are some methods used to reintroduce wild animals back to their environment?
  • What are some of the culture and practices of the Bedouin people and what is their relationship with the state of Israel and surrounding Middle East countries?
  • What are some of the culture and practices of the Druze people and what is their relationship with the state of Israel?
  • How is the state of Israel re-introducing Biblical Wildlife back into its environment?
  • What are some of the methods used for wild animal emergency care?
  • What are some of the things to do for tourists around Eilat, Israel?
  • What are some of the relationships between Middle-East politics and wildlife?
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