Monday, 29 August 2011

Endangered Species–Leopard WWF

 

 

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Israel has the most diverse array of wildlife in the world, some 400 species of vertebrates live and procreate here, among them approximately 100 mammal species, 200 species of birds and 95 species of reptiles, in addition to 15,000-30,000 insect species and more. The statistics, were published in 1999, presented the condition of Israel’s wildlife called “Born to Nature”. During the 20th century, 22 species of vertebrates as well as four other sub-species became extinct from Israel.

The international World Wildlife Fund (WWF) organization was a partner of Israel Post to this philatelic project, issued 4 single stamps featured the Leopard, Panthera pardus saxicolor on October 26, 2010
Panthera pardus saxicolor.


The leopard, a carnivore belonging to the family Felidae, belongs to the genus Panthera.The males weigh up to 40 kgs and females weigh up to 32 kgs. The global dispersion of leopards stretches over large portions of the Old World, in Asia and Africa, and in a wide range of habitats, where they prey on many species of herbivores.  

Today only a small number of leopards exist in southern Israel, in the Negev and Judean Desert areas. The leopards of Israel’s desert population are relatively small and  have decreased drastically during recent year.
The factors have contributed to a decrease in their dispersion in the southern part of the country are Lack of shelter, Food, Livestock, Decrease a suitable habitat, Firearms for collecting the fur.(Resources: Israel Post News)

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