Photo Credit: Ziv Vidan / Nature and Parks Authority
Happy Purim from Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve

The Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve is a 3,000-acre breeding and reacclimation center administered by the Israel Nature Reserves & National Parks Authority, located in the southern Aravah near Yotvata. It is the desert counterpart of the Carmel Hai-Bar Nature Reserve which operates in the country’s northern Mediterranean forest.

Happy Purim from Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve / Ziv Vidan / Nature and Parks Authority

Endangered and locally extinct animals mentioned in the Bible are bred here for possible reintroduction into the Negev desert. The Asian wild ass has already been reintroduced in the Makhtesh Ramon area of the wild. In addition the park has some rare desert animals, which are not native to Israel, like the scimitar oryx and the Red-necked ostrich from northern Africa.

Happy Purim from Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve / Ziv Vidan / Nature and Parks Authority

Some of the species bred here are:

Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx)

Scimitar Oryx in Hai-Bar Yotvata / Zachi Evenor

Scimitar oryx (Oryx dammah)
Red-necked ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus)
Addax (Addax nasomaculatus)
Asian wild ass (hybrids of Equus hemionus kulan and Equus hemionus onager)
Somali wild ass (Equus africanus somaliensis)
Caracal (Caracal caracal schmitzi)
Arabian sand cat (Felis margarita harrisoni)

Leopard in Hai-Bar Yotvata / Zachi Evenor

Arabian leopard (Panthera pardus nimr)
South African cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus)
Arabian wolf (Canis lupus arabs)
Dorcas gazelle (Gazella dorcas)
Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus)
Nubian ibex (Capra nubiana)
Persian leopard (Panthera pardus ciscaucasica)
Striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena)

Porcupine (Hystrix indica) / Zachi Evenor

Porcupine (Hystrix indica)


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