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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-09-09

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26 Friday, September 9, 1977 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Israeli Conservation Society Busy Protecting
Endangered Species With Help From Abroad

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A happy, healthy & prosperous

New Year To All Our Friends

and Customers

BERNIE BUCHALTER

MARCIA BUCHALTER

AND THE STAFF OF

IRVING'S FURNITURE

3065 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor

NEW YORK—Wednesday
morning the first nature re-
serve for Biblical animals
was opened to the public in
the Negev desert, 20 miles
north of the Red Sea port bf
Eilat in Israel, it was an-
nounced by the Holy Land
Conservation Fund.
The 8,000-acre desert re-
serve was inaugurated in
1965 by the Hai Bar Society
of Israel, a private_ con-
servation agency, primarily
to save rare and endan-
gered desert animals of the
Bible. A second mission of
the reserve is•to save from

MEL FARR and JOHN COOK

and The Entire Staff

WISH ALL OUR
FRIENDS and CUSTOMERS

11 Vet, qliame#

7leest *ea/i

10 Mile and Greenfield

extinction other rare desert
animals of western Asia
and northern Africa.
The land for the reserve
was contributed by the gov-
ernment of Israel. In 1968,
the Hai Bar Society began
to acquire rare Biblical ani-
mals for breeding purposes
from American and Eu-
ropean zoos, animal dealers
and through live trapping in
the wild in other countries.
Funds for the acquisition of
the animals, for fencing,
maintenance of the reserve,
etc., were privately contrib-
uted by Israelis and by in-
terested conservationists in
the U.S. Europe and Africa.
Today more than 450 rare
animals inhabit the re-
serve.
A few of the sought-after
species were still to be
found in Israel but in dan-
gerously small numbers.
Thus, the Israeli agency
and government officials in-
stituted a campaign of pro-
tection through strict regu-
lation of hunting and
through live trapping. The
once-endangered Nubian
ibex, a mountain goat, for
example, was not only
saved from extinction - in
this way, but its numbers in-
creased almost ten-fold in
less than a decade. Today a
herd of some ninety ibex in-
habits the Hai Bar reserve
and, because breeding has
been so successful, annual
surpluses are now provided

The National Bank
of Detroit

Extends best wishes
for a year filled
with health, happiness,
peace and prosperity
for all.

for other parts of the coun- was $90,000. Today the I-12
try and for a few zoos Bar reserve has the onl
abroad.
herd of this animal "in cat
The reserve also encom- tivity."
passes a herd of more than
The next phase in the Ha
one hundred very rare Bar plan is to begin to 'IT
Dorcas gazelle, a dimin- lease surplus animals
utive variety of the region's each species into the Nege
gazelle which has espe- in an effort to repopulate
cially adapted to the desert.
the desert with thes
This is believed to be the hooved species which in Bit
largest such herd "in capti- lical times—and in sorn
vity."
cases as recently- as th
Although' the Biblical ani-
19th Century- .rishel,
mals are technically there. Some of the surplus
fenced-in, they roam freely animals will also be
at Hai Bar, living off the changed or sold to zoos,
relatively lush desert vege- abroad to encourage breed
tation. They are fenced ing programs so that the
primarily to protect them species will never again 6
from predators—most im- endangered.
portant of which are desert
wolves (now exceeding one
hundred in Israel), hyenas, Bnai Brith Lauds
feral dogs and, of course, Prison Sentences
hunters. The only man-sup-
plied necessity is water, for 12 Hanafis
since the fencing prevents
the animals from roaming
WASHINGTON (JTA
to new water supplies in pe- The Bnai Brith said "ju:
riods of scant rain. In addi- tice has been done" follo‘Al
tion, because of the great ing the sentencing of 12 HE
cost of the animals, most ill- nafi Muslims to prison
nesses and injuries are still terms of from 24 years
being treated by veter- life for their seizure lay
inarians.
March of three Washing
Adjacent to the reserve, buildings and 140 hostaget. 1
Bnai Brith's public rehji
the local kibutz at Yotvata
has constructed a modern tions director, Hank Sieg,- 1
visitors' reception center who himself was a victir
with all modern facilities of the terrorism, said Bn..- 2 - 1
and with an orientation Brith is "gratified th
room for visitors before American court systeri
touring the reserve. Tour functions so well in accorc
buses and autos enter via ance with our law;1
the reception center. Admis- Through the jury's deciso
sion is about $1 per person. and Judge Nunno's set
No visitors are permitted to tence justice has been don
enter by foot in order to pro- in this case."
Judge Nicholas Nunzio el
tect the animals, as well as
visitors. New roads were the District of Columbia St.
constructed by the Hai Bar perior Court, gave the hem
Society this year to accom- Test sentence to Abdul Muz
modate vehicles without de- kir, who was convicted c
stroying the vegetation or shooting several person
and killing Maurice Wi'
damaging the environment.
The Hai Bar reserve is hams, a black reporter,
the achievement of Israel's the District Building, Was
leading conservationist, ington's city hall. He rc
Gen. Avraham YOffe, a 63- ceived a total of 77 years t
year-old ex-tank command- life.
The leader of the Hand
er who led the armored at-
sect,
Hamaas Abdi
tack on Sharm el-Sheikh in
Khaalis, 55, was sentence'
the 1956 Sinai campaign.
to 41 to 123 years in prism
As chairman of the pri- He will be 90-years-Old b
vate Hai Bar Society, as fore he is eligible for pi
well as director of Israel's role. Khaalis directed
Nature Reserve Authority, takeovers at city hall, t:
he has campaigned to save Bnai Brith headquarter
the nation's wild flowers, and the Islamic Center.
skylines, birds, animals and
He personally tc.
prized natural settings.
charge of the terror rai
The Hai Bar reserve, how- and the 38-hour siege at ti
ever, is his fondest dream. Bnai Brith building whei
Thus, he has traveled he conducted the negoti
throughout the world in the tions that finally
past decade, studying na- end to the occup,......ons
ture reserves in various the three structures.
parts of the world and seek- s, Khaalis accepted his se
ing support for the Hai Bar tence without apparent em
tion. His lawyer, Harry
project.
exander, asked Nunzio
In late 1971, Americans of grant Khaalis probatio'
all faiths joined to form the The lengthy senten
Holy Land Conservation sought by the governmerl
Fund, which has provided Alexander said, were crr.
more than a quarter of a and inhumane.
million dollars in support
After sentencing, Khaa
since then. The Fund, for told the judge the terror;
example, provided about act in reprisal for the mt
two-thirds of the cost of pur- ders of members of his fa:
chasing a herd of Somali ily by a rival group "wz.::
wild ass live-trapped by the good deed." Referring
Ethiopian government four himself as a "fighting NI,
years ago out of fear that lem," he asked for lenien
this species was becoming to continue as a Mos..
extinct. Total purchase cost leader. •

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