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114 Friday, September 9, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Biblical Animal Refuge on Mt. Carmel

van= ron mu'?

By BILL CLARK

to all

Holyland Features

our friends

and relatives

MR. & MRS. RUBIN HERMAN
& SON RON



MT. CARMEL — Atop
this biblical mountain in Is-
rael's north, approximately
2,000 acres of rugged forest
accommodate and protect a
groWing population of rare,
once indigenous wildlife
species.
The conservation center
is known as Hai-Bar Car-

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

DR. & MRS. MICHAEL GOLDMAN & FAMILY

Tucson, Ariz.

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

MR. & MRS. BEN LEWKOWICZ

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy -,- happy and prosperous
New Year

HARRY & BETTY KATZMAN

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

HARRY & ESTHER PRAW

Wishing all our family and
friends a year of
health and happiness

SAUL & LEAH BURAK

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Wishing all our family and
friends a year of
health and happiness

ARTHUR, CIDNIE,
ANDREW, BRAD & ERIN HEROLD

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family

THE BOOKSTEINS
MARVIN, GLORIA & PEGGY

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May the coming year be
one filled with health,
happiness and
prosperity for all our
friends and family.

HELEN, HARRY & JEFFREY BOWMAN

mel (in Hebrew, Hai-Bar
means wildlife). During the
past seven years, nearly ex-
tinct species of biblical ani-
mals have been brought
here for protection and re-
storation.
Among the creatures now
found at Hai-Bar Carmel
are the mountain gazelle
and the roe deer. Here, one
will also find the frighten-
ingly endangered
Mesopotamian fallow deer.
This. is the only place it can
be seen in nature outside of
Iran.
These forests are also
home to the wild goat,
which is considered the an-
cestor of our common
domestic goat, as well as
two species of wild sheep.
The whole operation is
tended by Salah Makla-
day, a member of the Is-
raeli druze community.
Each morning, shortly
after sunrise, Salah rum-
bles into the reserve in
his open green Jeep from
his home in nearby Daliat
el Carmel and begins his
daily chores.
While the animals are
encouraged to browse in the
forest, Salah also brings
them high-quality hay and
food concentrates to ensure
good nutrition. As wildlife
biologists know very well,
proper diet is critical for
health and optimum re-
production, and that's the
aim of the Hai-Bar project.
Breakfast for the animals
is a notable event because of
Salah's warm rapport with
the animals. Hefting a bale
of alfalfa hay on his shoul-
der, he'll walk to a clearing
in the forest and whistle
softly. Slowly, the animals
Will step from behind their
cover and walk cautiously
toward the wildlife warden.
As Salah spreads the hay
upon the forest floor, a
gazelle will trot onto the
scene. In a moment, one of
the roe deer will approach
as light of foot as Asahel (II
Samuel 2:18) and start
nibbling barely arm's
length from him. Others
gradually drift in from the
dark depths of the forest and
share in the food, just as if
they were fulfilling Isaiah's
prophecy of peace.
One
particularly
charming young sheep, a
female, approaches
Salah for a brief pat on
the head.
In a far corner, Salah has
build a special compound for
two young gazelles which he
has been hand-rearing. Or-
phaned, the animals were
brought to Salah, who ac-
cepted them as foster chil-
dren. And just as human in-
fants, these youngsters can
place many demands on a
man — from all the cares
about health and well-
being, to that insistent
bleating at 2 a.m. when a
warm bottle of milk must be
prepared.
Most of the animals here
are new immigrants to Is-
rael. Although their ances-
tors lived upon these very
mountains during the times
of David and Solomon, the
hazards of history drove
later generations away to

remote parts of the Middle
East. The wild sheep had to
be brought from a German
zoo. The fallow deer came
from an Iranian reserve
during the reign of the late
Shah, and the roe deer ar-
rived through the personal
efforts of Prince Bernard of
the Netherlands.
With the return of these
animals, it again becomes
possible to study them and
appreciate the rich literary
language of the Scriptures.
For example, con-
template the words of
Solomon when he said of
the married woman, "Let
her be of the loving hind
and pleasant roe"
(Proverbs 5:19). The
phrase becomes much
more powerful after one
has lingered for a while
on Mt. Carmel and ob-
served the behavior of
the female roe deer. She
is a gentle creature, shy,
devoted to her fawn, and
she will not be tempted
into reckless adventure.
Or consider another re-
mark of that wise king, "De-
liver thyself as a gazelle
from the hand of the
hunter" (Proverbs 6:5). One
who has seen mountain
gazelles on the Carmel
knows that the gazelle has
two means of saving itself.
First, it will stand perfectly
still, ever alert, blending
into the shadows of the for-
est. But then, if it is dis-
covered, it bolts away into
the brush with a light
springing of four feet to-
gether, bounding zig-zag
through the brambles and
leaping gracefully into the
safety of the shadows.
While the reserve is not
yet open to the general pub-
lic — masses of tourists
would tend to upset the
tranquility, as well as the
success of the breeding pro-
gram — occasional guests
are permitted in. Often
enough, these include pro-
fessors from nearby Haifa
University, who are in-
terested in studying the
rare biblical animals. Also
frequently found in the re-
serve are a dozen local high
school students who volun-
teer to help Salah with his
chores.
A good portion of the proj-
ect's costs are borne volun-
tarily by Israeli conser-
vationists. Some American
colleagues have helped as
well, through the New
York-based Holy Land Con-
servation Fund, an organ-

Holiday Terror

Rosh Hashana obser-
vances in Paris and Brus-
sels last year were marred
by two separate terrorist at-
tacks.
In Paris, an Israeli dip-
lomat's car was blown up,
injuring 50 persons, and in
Brussels, a man fired a
submachinegun into a
crowd of worshippers leav-
ing the city's main
synagogue, seriously
wounding four.

Isaac Luria was a famous
Kabalist of the 16th Cen-
tury.

ization of Christians and
Jews who want to see bibli-
cal animals returned to the
land of the Bible.

vannn cans mu'?

to all

our friends

and relatives

- BEN, CHARLOTTE &
SARAH ROTHSTEIN

May the coming

year be filled

with health and

happiness for

all our family

and friends

JULIUS, &

BERTHA STOBINSKY

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year
THE MAROFSKY'S

BERNIE, MARCIA, STACIE & STEPHEN

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

BERNARD & RUTH MIDDLEMAN

,

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

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RICHARD -& HELEN PERGAMENT

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

MR. & MRS. SAM PRESS & FAMILY

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

THE STERN FAMILY

KARL, MARGIE, MICHAEL & BRIAN

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
NeW Year

HAROLD, LUCY & MICHELLE ZUKER

Wishing all our family and
friends a year of
health and happiness

MICHAEL & NANCY FORDONSKI & FAMILY

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