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ANNOUNCEMENT
Wildlife Middle East News Vol 6 Issue 2 and 3
September and December 2011
PDFs can be downloaded from:
http://www.wmenews.com/

Request for articles for future issues:
We are looking for contributions of articles from colleagues within the Middle East region for the next issue. Please contact the editors with any ideas that you may have.
info@wmenews.com

Vol 6 Issue 2 & 3 Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Alternative drug combinations for anaesthesia in gazelle species - experience at the BCEAW, Sharjah, UAE
  3. The Animal Encounter: A success story towards conserving biodiversity in Lebanon
  4. Rabies in Indian Fruit Bats (Cynopterus sphinx) in the UAE
  5. Habitat suitability of Mugger Crocodile in Sarbaz River, Iran.
  6. New EcoCenter provides opportunity for research in a Palestinian biodiversity hotspot
  7. The blacktip reef shark: First ever underwater encounter in Kuwait
  8. First king cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus) births in the UAE
  9. Arabian wolves persist in the Tuwayq Mountains of Saudi Arabia
  10. The hunting of endangered mammals in Iraq
  11. The unusual encounters of a corn crake and a little crake in Qaru, Kuwait
  12. Intestinal shell impactions in rehabilitated hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate) in the UAE.
  13. The ecology of whale sharks in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman: Tagging Jenan
  14. Study on the cause of wildlife mortality on the Asian road in Golestan National Park in Iran.
  15. News and Events
    New Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) colony in Um Suqueim, Dubai

 

“RAKBANK is pleased to be associated with Wildlife Middle East News as part of the Bank’s ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Through our support, RAKBANK hopes to promote a better understanding of the region’s wildlife and environment and to encourage their preservation and wellbeing.”

Wildlife Middle East News wishes to acknowledge the following groups for their continued assistance in the production and distribution of the Newsletter.

RAK Bank (Dubai) for their continued financial help without which the Newsletter could not be produced
PaulMac Design for their invaluable help in the design, layout and production of the Newsletter

Apologies for the delay in getting this announcement completed and distributed. As many might be aware we have had a slight hiatus between Newsletters which has meant that we are now running behind schedule. With increased workloads and a number of the editors moving from the region leading to new demands on their time, we are now seriously considering the future of WME News.

We welcome Dr Ane-Lise Chaber, Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and co-founder of Wildlife Consultants (http://www.wildlifeconsultant.org) as a new Editor while we say a fond farewell to two of our original colleagues Chris Lloyd and Theri Bailey who have been instrumental in the setting up and direction of the newsletter, but now need to direct their energy towards other areas.

 

To continue WME News we need more articles for publication. We would ask anyone interested in contributing to please forward articles (as per the article type and guidelines) which can be found online.

 

Supporting Articles:

Additional material relevant to the current issue can be found on the website. These can be found by clicking on the Supporting Material tab followed by Supporting Material.

Hong Kong represents 50% of the global shark fin trade and the UAE is the 5th largest supplier of shark fin to Hong Kong (Navigating Global Shark Conservation Measures: Current Measures and Gaps - July 2012).
Monkeys, drugged birds found in baggage (Xpress 12 July 2012)
Animal smugglers are making a killing (The National 03 Oct 2011)
Common wonder gecko: still an unknown across UAE (The National 14 July 2012)
Dugongs' movements in Gulf now tracked by satellites (The National 31 May 2012)
Tracking the Northern bald ibis in Syria (RSPB Blog)

 

WME News Vol 6 Issue 1

ANNOUNCEMENT
Wildlife Middle East News Vol 6 Issue 1
 June 2011
PDFs can be downloaded from:

http://www.wmenews.com/

Request for articles for future issues:
We are looking for contributions of articles from colleagues within the Middle East region for the next issue. Please contact the editors with any ideas that you may have.
info@wmenews.com

Vol 6 Issue 1 Contents

1. Editorial
2. Arabian bustard conservation in Yemen: Public awareness perspective
3. Wild Arabia with National Geographic Al Arabiya: Art as a tool for conservation
4. Introduction to environmental enrichment at Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (AWPR)
5. Insect diversity in nearby and offshore Islands of Abu Dhabi Emirate
6. A survey report on raptor trapping and trade in Iraq
7. News and Events.
    Falcon festival update
    Rehabilitating the mighty Jordan River through environmental peacemaking
8. What’s New in the Literature
    An attack by Ratel Mellivora capensis on pre-release Asian Houbara Bustards Chlamydotis macqueenii in central Saudi Arabia
    Population structure of Farasan gazelle
    Twenty years of monitoring of the Vulnerable Farasan gazelle Gazella gazella farasani on the Farasan Islands, Saudi
    Arabia: an overview

 

“RAKBANK is pleased to be associated with Wildlife Middle East News as part of the Bank’s ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Through our support, RAKBANK hopes to promote a better understanding of the region’s wildlife and environment and to encourage their preservation and wellbeing.”

Wildlife Middle East News wishes to acknowledge the following groups for their continued assistance in the production and distribution of the Newsletter.

RAK Bank (Dubai) for their continued financial help without which the Newsletter could not be produced
PaulMac Design for their invaluable help in the design, layout and production of the Newsletter
Arabic Language Centre, Dubai, for continuing to help with translation
Organics Café Dubai for distributing WME flyers and issues

 

Supporting Articles:

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WME News

Welcome to a very late WME News Volume 6 Issue 1.  Due to many unforseen circumstances we have found it difficult to complete this issue on time.  Hopefully we can catch up with Vol 6 Issue 2.

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What's New In The Literature

Zoology in the Middle East:

We wish to inform you that volume 53 (2011) of "Zoology in the Middle East" was just published and is being sent to the subscribers of the journal. 

If you  wish to obtain copies of this publication, please check the Zoology in the Middle East web site http://www.kasparek-verlag.de/ZME-allgem.htm or simply contact us. The web site also contains the tables of content and abstracts of all previous issues of Zoology in the Middle East.

 

Zoology in the Middle East
Kasparek Verlag
Mönchhofstr. 16
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel. (+49) 6221 / 475069

Fax (+49) 6221 / 471858
www.kasparek-verlag.de/ZME-allgem.htm
 

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WME News Volume 5 Issue 4 ~ Announcement

ANNOUNCEMENT
Wildlife Middle East News Vol 5 Issue 4
March 2011
PDFs can be downloaded from:

http://www.wmenews.com/

Request for articles for future issues:
We are looking for contributions of articles from colleagues within the Middle East region for the next issue. Please contact the editors with any ideas that you may have.
info@wmenews.com

Vol 5 Issue 4 Contents

1. Editorial
2.
Interview with Sh Butti Bin Juma Al Maktoum
3.
Interview with Sh Butti Bin Juma Al Maktoum contd..
4.
Legends of the Arabian leopard in the Hawf protected area, southern Yemen
5.
Bird ringing programme in Bahrain 2005-2010
6.
Mesopotamian softshell turtle (Rafetus euphraticus), the strangest fresh water turtle of the Middle East
7.
The role of zoological Externship Programmes to promote wildlife medicine and management in the Middle East
8.
News and reviews
   
Green prophet
   
Book Review: Common Birds of Qatar
9.
News and reviews
   
Book Review: Atlas of the
   
Breeding Birds of Arabia
   
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

 

“RAKBANK is pleased to be associated with Wildlife Middle East News as part of the Bank’s ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Through our support, RAKBANK hopes to promote a better understanding of the region’s wildlife and environment and to encourage their preservation and wellbeing.”

Wildlife Middle East News wishes to acknowledge the following groups for their continued assistance in the production and distribution of the Newsletter.

RAK Bank (Dubai) for their continued financial help without which the Newsletter could not be produced
PaulMac Design for their invaluable help in the design, layout and production of the Newsletter
Husam El Alqamy and all others involved in the proof reading of the Arabic version of the Newsletter
Arabic Language Centre, Dubai, for continuing to help with translation
Organics Café Dubai for distributing WME flyers and issues

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

WME News Website
Sandscript 9, April 2011
Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard
What’s New in the Literature
Arabian Bird Breeding Project

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WME News Website

At last, we have been able to launch our new website as part of this issue of WME News.  Please let us know if there are any issues with the funcationality of the site.

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Sandscript 9, April 2011

Sandscript is the periodic newsletter of the Sahara Conservation Fund. SCF was established to address this crisis through a mix of field projects, advocacy, research and communications.

This issue of Sandscript, like all the others, underlines and illustrates the progress being made to increase ones understanding and ability to conserve the wildlife and habitats of the Sahara and Sahel. Articles on the world’s biggest bird, the North African ostrich, the vultures and bustards of the Sahel and the dama gazelles of Chad all bring hope and encouragement.

Appearing twice a year, Sandscript contains up-to-date news and information on SCF projects and activities, as well articles of general interest on the Sahara and its natural and cultural heritage.

Sandscript can be downloaded by clicking here:

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Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen

FPLAY 16 is now available for download.  To Download please click here:

Yemen Today article

Dear Friends of the Arabian Leopard,

With the winds of change blowing across North Africa and the Middle East, conservation is not necessarily foremost on everybody's mind.  Nevertheless, we keep soldiering on with our mission to ensure a sustainably managed wild population of Arabian leopards living in harmony with local communities.  Of course, before this can happen local communities must themselves be living in harmony.  In this context we wish all people in Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Jordan, and, of course, Yemen, speedy and peaceful resolutions to the conflicts that afflict their nations.  As salaamu alaikum!

With best wishes,

David
 

David B. Stanton
Executive Director of the Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen
P.O. Box 7069
Sana'a, Republic of Yemen
Mobile: +967733916928
Fax: +9671370193
david@yemenileopard.org

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Arabian Bird Breeding Project (ABBA)

Although the Atlas was published in July last year the ABBA project still continues.  This year it is intend to relaunch the data gathering process which was a little neglected during the time Mike Jennings became totally engaged in the final stages of the Atlas. For more details and the required collection forms, please see the "Arabian Breeding Bird Records in 2011" heading in the News and Announcement section of our site.

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What's New In The Literature

Zoology in the Middle East:

We wish to inform you that volume 52 (2011) of "Zoology in the Middle East" was just published and is being sent to the subscribers of the journal. 

If you  wish to obtain copies of this publication, please check the Zoology in the Middle East web site http://www.kasparek-verlag.de/ZME-allgem.htm or simply contact us. The web site also contains the tables of content and abstracts of all previous issues of Zoology in the Middle East.

 

Zoology in the Middle East
Kasparek Verlag
Mönchhofstr. 16
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel. (+49) 6221 / 475069

Fax (+49) 6221 / 471858
www.kasparek-verlag.de/ZME-allgem.htm
 

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Arabian Breeding Bird Records in 2011

Arabian Breeding Bird Records in 2011

Dear ABBA Contributors,

Although the Atlas was published in July last year the ABBA project continues and this year I intend to relaunch the data gathering process which was rather neglected during the time I became totally engaged in the final stages of the Atlas MS.

I intend in due course to completely revamp the database going over to a more interactive windows system which will offer more opportunities for people to share the data collected for their own purposes. There will also be a new website. The existing site has not been updated since about 2002 - sorry about that. Phoenix will of course continue. This year is a bit of a half way house with tinkering to some of the aspects of the existing system. For instance the breeding bird list has been updated to the Howard and Moore order, more recent English names are used and new taxonomic order codes have been allocated to all species. However not all this is visible on the listing attached which retains the old species numbers and taxonomic order but most of the new names.

The message I want to get over at the moment is that the ABBA project is definitely not finished and is still actively collecting information on bird distribution, habitat changes, and species ecology in Arabia for the period since July 2010. The project will also of course gratefully receive information relating to the older period not previously reported.

I am attaching the Instructions for Contributors if you wish to contribute records to the project. I hope you will consider taking part during 2011 and maybe future years. Apart from the instructions the document set attached includes a listing of breeding species, details of the Breeding Evidence Code and the distribution of the ABBA grid squares. There is also a blank reporting form for you to reproduce and use as well as an example of a completed report form for your guidance.

Because birds are very mobile in range and population and are currently subject to a number of pressures in Arabia, such as climate change, habitat change and conservation pressures, it is important that changes are documented. I am seeking to collect distribution data each year to up-date information held on common species everywhere in Arabia, to add additional birds discovered breeding in new areas and even new breeding birds for Arabia. If you could let me have a page or two of records from your local area in Arabia, indeed any other areas you visit if this is possible, I can keep the range maps up to date. This will help record changes that can be made available to anyone who needs it, including yourself, as well as encourage publication in Phoenix or for longer papers, Sandgrouse and other scientific journals. I would appreciate it if you could open the report forms now and perhaps record any breeding details so far this year, then add to them as the ‘breeding season’ progresses and let me have your final sheets say in summer. Note that remarks against a record can be as long as you like. You can send in hard copies or attach them to email. Next year you can either complete new report sheets or provide information on changes.

Please have a look at the forms and let me know if there is anything else you need from me. I shall be sending this letter to all those I think are currently active in Arabia or are likely to visit and I also intend to publish it on OSME’s MEBirdnet site for those I might miss.

Form 1 Instructions for Contributors
Form 2 List of breeding birds
Form 3 Obs Rec form example
Form 3 Observer record form
Form 3 Observers record form to use

 

All bird records should be sent to the local bird recorder. The ABBA project seeks to have a good working relationship with all the national and regional recorders in Arabia and I would therefore appreciate it if you could ensure that you copy any reports you send to ABBA to your local recorder. However recorders are very busy volunteers and therefore a detailed breeding record passed to the recorder may not always find its way to the ABBA database in the same form. Let me know if you are unsure who is your local recorder. Please note that it is not possible to review all the ornithological websites collecting Arabian data or personal blogs sites, so records posted to such sites will probably not be picked up by the ABBA project.

Please pass this letter and attachments to anyone else you think might be interested.

Good birding.

Thanks for your help.

Mike Jennings

Coordinator: Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia
and Editor of the Phoenix newsletter (ISSN 0268-487X)
Warners Farm House, Warners Drove,
Somersham, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3WD, UK.
Tel/Fax 01487 841733 (Intl 0044 1487 841733)
Email: ArabianBirds@dsl.pipex.com
Website: http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/arabian.birds/

Third International Festival of Falconry

Third International Festival of Falconry

We are delighted to announce that the Emirates Falconers’ Club, Abu Dhabi has kindly agreed to host the  Third International Festival of Falconry at Al Ain, Al Mutawaa Park and Jahili Fort.   The main public days of the Festival will be 15th-17th December 2011.

For information contact:

info@falconryfestival.com

http://www.falconryfestival.com/

PDF Info Sheet

Itinary

 

Saturday 10th

Meet and greet Abu Dhabi Airport

Sunday  11th

Monday 12th

Tuesday 13th

Wednesday 14th

Falconry conferences at  Al Ain Rotana Hotel

Overnight hawking parties at Desert Camp

Saluki racing at Desert Camp

Sand Dune Cinema & evening socials

Falcon flying events at Desert Camp

Training for Festival Arena Events

Wednesday 14th December

Excursions to Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital & Grand Mosque

 ‘Falconers come to Town’ – falconers parade in Abu Dhabi

Thursday 15th December

Schools day

Arena events

Award ceremony for Art and Photograph competition

Social events at Al Mutawaa, Al Ain

Friday 16th December

International Festival of Falconry – free admission

Arena events

Grand Parade

Falconers Feast and Social Evening

Saturday 17th December

International Festival of Falconry – free admission

Arena events

Grand Parade

VIP Gala Dinner, UNESCO celebration and Concert

Sunday 18th December

Depart

 

WME Vol 5 Issue 3

ANNOUNCEMENT
Wildlife Middle East News Vol 5 Issue 3
December 2010
PDFs can be downloaded from:

http://www.wmenews.com/

Request for articles for future issues:
We are looking for contributions of articles from colleagues within the Middle East region for the next issue. Please contact the editors with any ideas that you may have.
info@wmenews.com

Vol 5 Issue 3 Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Distribution & abundance of greater flamingo in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  3. Status and ecology of brown bears in Iran
  4. Distribution update of the Arabian wolf from Saudi Arabia
  5. Oman trains Yemeni conservationists in leopard research
  6. Raptor trade in Kuwait bird market
  7. Rhodococcus equi infection in Blanford’s foxes infected with distemper virus
  8. News and reviews
    Using drop nets to capture free ranging wildlife
  9. News and reviews
    Diseases and medical management of houbara bustards and other otididae
    12th conservation workshop on the fauna of Arabia, first announcement
    Feline infectious peritonitis in cheetahs in the UAE

 

“RAKBANK is pleased to be associated with Wildlife Middle East News as part of the Bank’s ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Through our support, RAKBANK hopes to promote a better understanding of the region’s wildlife and environment and to encourage their preservation and wellbeing.”

Wildlife Middle East News wishes to acknowledge the following groups for their continued assistance in the production and distribution of the Newsletter.

RAK Bank (Dubai) for their continued financial help without which the Newsletter could not be produced
PaulMac Design for their invaluable help in the design, layout and production of the Newsletter
Husam El Alqamy and all others involved in the proof reading of the Arabic version of the Newsletter
Arabic Language Centre, Dubai, for continuing to help with translation
Organics Café Dubai for distributing WME flyers and issues

We would like to particularly thank Mark Adlington for allowing us use one of his images for the front cover.

 

Supporting Articles:

Sincerest apologies for the delay in getting this announcement out and issue out. We had hoped to release it in conjunction with a new website we have been working on, but have been let down on that so will have to stick with the old site for the moment.

The Editors

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

WME News Website
Persian Leopard Newsletter (PLN) No 5
What’s New in the Literature

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WME News Website

We had hope to be able to launch our new website as part of this issue of WME News, but due to technical issues we have had to revert back to the old site. Hopefully, by the time Vol 5 Issue 4 is released all of these issues will be resolved.

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Persian Leopard Newsletter (PLN) No 5.

Dear colleagues,

Over the past months we've been busy working on the 5th issue of Persian Leopard Newsletter. We are pleased to inform the new issue is released and presented to you, enclosed to this email. You can find the previous issues through the Year of Leopard section at ICS's website:
http://wildlife.ir/ShowInfo.aspx?Lang=2&InfoId=95

With best regards,
Ehsan M. Moqanaki
PLN Editorial Team
Iranian Cheetah Society

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What's New In The Literature

Islam, M. Z.; Boug, A.; Basheer, M.; Shah, M. S.; and Subai, H. (2010) Reintroduction successes of Asian Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. IUCN: Global Reintroduction Perspectives: 132-138.
Islam, M. Z.; Boug, A., Ismail, K.; Robinson, E., and Hafedh, Y.S. (2010) Over 20 years of re-introducing the Arabian Oryx in fenced and free-range protected areas in Saudi Arabia. IUCN: Global Reintroduction Perspectives: 269-273.

Hope you will enjoy reading it. Both these species are globally threatened (IUCN). The full book is downloadable from the IUCN –RSG website <http://www.iucnsscrsg.org/rsg_book.php

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WME Vol 5 Issue 2

September 2010
PDFs can be downloaded from:
http://www.wmenews.com/

 

Request for articles for future issues:
We are looking for contributions of articles from colleagues within the Middle East region for the next issue. Please contact the editors with any ideas that you may have.
info@wmenews.com

Vol 5 Issue 2 Contents

  • Editorial
  • Preliminary studies of diurnal time activity of captive Arabian oryx
  • 2010: A year for the endangered Persian leopard
  • First hawksbill turtles satellite tagged in Kuwait
  • Sharkwatch
  • Mugger crocodile in Iran
  • Mortality patterns and husbandry management in Idmi (Gazella gazella) and Yemeni (Gazella gazella cora) gazelles at AWWP
  • News and reviews
  • News and reviews

�RAKBANK is pleased to be associated with Wildlife Middle East News as part of the Bank�s ongoing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Through our support, RAKBANK hopes to promote a better understanding of the region�s wildlife and environment and to encourage their preservation and wellbeing.�
Wildlife Middle East News wishes to also acknowledge the following groups for their continued assistance in the production and distribution of the Newsletter.
RAK Bank (Dubai) for their continued financial help without which the Newsletter could not be produced
PaulMac Design for their invaluable help in the design, layout and production of the Newsletter
Husam El Alqamy and all others involved in the proof reading of the Arabic version of the Newsletter
Arabic Language Centre, Dubai, for continuing to help with translation
Organics Caf� Dubai for distributing WME flyers and issues

Supporting Articles:

Additional material relevant to the current issue can be found on the website. These can be found by clicking on the Supporting Material tab followed by Supporting Material. Choose the article you are interested in. 
Links to articles :
Apologies for the delay in getting this announcement completed and distributed.  We still have not fixed several issues with our website and therefore the Supporting Articles  and News Announcement page's have not been updated to reflect the last two issues.  Please bear with us while this is being worked on.
A network of life: we can each help to save wild species (The National 14-10-10)
Scent of decline hangs heavy over oudh producers (Gulf News 23-10-10)
 

Hard Copies of WME News

Unfortunately due to recent increased postal charges imposed by Empost here in the UAE we have had to remove a number of contacts from our hard copy distribution list. This is done purely as a cost cutting exercise and is in no way a reflection on any person, group or organisation. If you do require a hard copy of WME News, please contact us and we will endeavour to include you in future mail outs.

 

The Editors (October 2010)

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