The Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation has supported the Reintroduction to the Wild project carried out by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority for the past three decades.
The Reintroduction to the Wild projects focuses on re-establishing wildlife mentioned in the Bible that has become extinct. For this purpose, two breeding centers have been established, one in the Carmel, for Mediterranean wildlife, and the other in the Arava Valley, for African and Asiatic wildlife.
We invite you to support the Reintroduction to the wild projects by adopting a biblical wild animal:
Persian fallow deer – The Persian fallow deer is a relatively large herbivore. It is mentioned a number of times in the Bible as one of the animals that was fit for sacrifice and permitted to eat: “the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, the mountain sheep…” (Deut. 14:5).
The Persian fallow deer was common throughout western Asia, but in the last century it was hunted down en masse almost to extinction. In 1996 the Israel Nature Reserves Authority began to reintroduce the Persian fallow deer to the wild in the Carmel.
Vultures – Until 50 years ago, the population of the Griffon vulture (mentioned in the Bible 28 times) in Israel was estimated at about 500 breeding pairs inhabiting all highlands and habitats with cliffs in Israel. However, by the early 21st century less than 40 pairs were left. This dramatic decline of raptors in the Middle East is a result of human interference in the ecosystem.
In order to prevent the extinction of Griffon vultures and to re-establish a sustainable breeding population, a restoration project is underway in Addition to multi-disciplinary measures (supplementary feeding, education, anti-poisoning activities and others).
Arabian Oryx – The Arabian oryx is a large-hoofed animal once common in the Arabian Desert, Jordan, the Negev and Sinai. The Arabian oryx is famous for its long, straight horns.
In 1978 the Nature Reserves Authority received two pairs of Arabian oryx as a breeding nucleus at the Hai-Bar Reserve in Yotvata in the Arava. In 1996 when the herd reached more than 80 individuals, the Authority began to Reintroduce animals to the wild in the Negev.