Fauna Emiratus - Part One. Zoological Studies in the United Arab Emirates between 2004 - 2009.
Fauna Emiratus - Teil Eins. Zoologische Studien in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate zwischen 2004 - 2009.
By: Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa.
First Edition : November 2010.
Selbstverlag / Self Publisher: Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa. P.O. Box 37038, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates & Uhlandstraße 6, D-66271 Rilchingen-Hanweiler, Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
Literaturangaben. - Parallelsacht. in arab. Schr. – Text teilw. dt., teilw. engl., teilw. arab. - Teilw. in arab. Schr.
Dr. Norman Ali B. Khalaf, 2010, ISBN 978-9948-15-462-4, Gebunden Hardback.
1. Auflage / First Edition: 350 Seiten / Pages. zahlr. schwarz-weiß Abbildungen - Format: 30 x 21,5 cm, Gewicht: 1.100 gram. Preis: 50,00 Euro.
Erste Auflage / First Edition . November 2010
ISBN 978 – 9948 – 15 – 462 - 4
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Copyright © 2010 by Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa, Dubai and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates & Rilchingen-Hanweiler, Federal Republic of Germany.
Website of the Book: Fauna Emiratus – Part One. Zoological Studies in the United Arab Emirates between 2004 – 2009 (ISBN 978-9948-15-462-4):
English / German Cover: The Whale Shark “Sammy” at the Palm Jumeirah Atlantis Hotel Aquarium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa, February 2010.
Arabic Cover: An Arabian Leopard at the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife, Desert Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Photo by “Oryx”, 2005.
Cover Design / Umschlaggestaltung: Ola Mostafa Khalaf. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Printed and bound in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Given that the United Arab Emirates is primarily desert-land, the vegetation of the land is according to the terrain. So two categories of flora are to be found thriving on the land; one of these is the desert type that blossoms to life after the land receives rainfall, and the other is that which is capable of sustaining itself without much water. The second type depends on the salt in the ground, and include swam plants. So there are wild desert flowers, wild date palms, shrubs and grasses. The inventory of the fauna of the land is large, though not as diverse. There is the Jerboa, wildcat, fox, lynx, jackal, wolf, gazelle, hare, hedgehogs and mongoose. As far as avian fauna is concerned, there is some 250 species existent in the United Arab Emirates. The names of the birds which comprise the population are, harriers , kites, waders, buzzards, ospreys, eagles, terns, falcons, gulls, owls, flamingos and houbara – just to name a few.
My first published scientific article goes back to January 1980, when I was still a student in the Zoology Department at Kuwait University, State of Kuwait. The article was about "The Colouration of Animals".
Since that time, I had published many scientific articles in different scientific books, magazines and bulletins, and established my own Palestinian Biological Bulletin. In July 1983, "Gazelle: The Palestinian Biological Bulletin" was created. It was the First Palestinian Scientific Journal Worldwide (ISSN 0178 – 6288). Till now 96 "Gazelle" Issues were published.
After moving with my family to the United Arab Emirates in 2004, I published my first scientific article about Emirati fauna in August 2004 and it was entitled “The Reptiles in the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre in the Sharjah Desert Park, United Arab Emirates”.
Finally, and after more than 30 years in Zoological research and studies, in many Arabic and European countries, and after publishing many scientific articles in different scientific books, magazines and bulletins, especially the "Gazelle Bulletin", and after publishing many articles in the Gazelle Bulletin Web Site, since 2001 under (www.gazelle.8m.net), and after publishing most of my articles on the internet under (www.webs.com), and after publishing my six books: “Gazelle: The Palestinian Biological Bulletin. A Scientific Journey in Palestine, Arabia and Europe between 1983-2004” in July 2004, and my second book (Aquatica Arabica. An Aquatic Scientific Journey in Palestine, Arabia and Europe between 1980-2005) in August 2005, and my third book (Mammalia Arabica. A Zoological Journey in Palestine, Arabia and Europe between 1980-2006) in July 2006, and my fourth book (Felidae Arabica. A Zoological Journey in Palestine, Arabia and Europe between 1980-2007) in July 2007, and my fifth book (Carnivora Arabica. A Zoological Journey in Palestine, Arabia and Europe between 2005-2008) in September 2008, and my sixth book (Fauna Palaestina - Part One. A Zoological Journey in Palestine, Arabia and Europe between 1983-2006) in September 2009; I finally decided to publish a new scientific book containing all my "Emirati" research and articles which were published between 2004 - 2009.
It is hard to be optimistic about the future of Wildlife in the Emirates. But recent years have shown the development of official and public interest, and efforts to conserve the Emirati Fauna.
I hope that I can participate with my new book to our knowledge about "Fauna Emiratus", and to help and to be part in protecting the endangered Emirati and Arabian Fauna.
Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa.
Al Nahda Suburb, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
5th November 2010 (The 12th Birthday of my daughter Nora).
English / German Articles :
2. About the Author : A Palestinian Zoologist.
3. Samak Al-Luchs (Al-Hamoor) or the Orange-Spotted Grouper (Epinephelus coioides) in Palestine (Mediterranean Sea) and the United Arab Emirates (Arabian Gulf).
4. The Arabian Freshwater Fishes in the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, Sharjah Desert Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
5. A Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni) Stranding on Al Mamzar Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
6. The Arabian Amphibians in the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, Desert Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
7. Der Karakal oder Wüstenluchs (Caracal caracal, von Schreber 1776).
8. A Longcomb Sawfish (Pristis zijsron Bleeker, 1851) caught off the coast of Dibba, United Arab Emirates, Gulf of Oman.
9. Royal Bengal Tigers (Panthera tigris tigris Linnaeus, 1758) at Dubailand Headquarters, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
10. Garra barreimiae wurayahi Khalaf, 2009: A New Blind Cave Fish Subspecies from Wadi Al Wurayah Pools, Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
11. Oreochromis mossambicus bassamkhalafi Khalaf, 2009: A New Mozambique Tilapia Subspecies from Wadi Al Wurayah Pools, Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
12. Bowmouth Guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma Bloch & Schneider, 1801) at Sharjah Aquarium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
13. Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus, Smith 1828) Records from the United Arab Emirates between 1989 – 2009.
14. Der Jemen-Waran (Varanus yemenensis, Böhme, Joger und Schätti 1989) im Arabische Wildlife Centre, Sharjah, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate.
15. The Yemen Monitor (Varanus yemenensis, Böhme, Joger und Schätti 1989) at the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
16. An ancient Arabian Ostrich (Struthio camelus syriacus) egg-shell from the Village of Qidfa’, Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
17. The Red-Necked Ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus Linnaeus, 1758) at Dubai Zoo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Arabic Articles :
18. The Emirati Blind Cave Fish (Wikipedia – Arabic).
19. The Discovery of a new fish subspecies in Fujairah’s Wadi Al Wurayah (Al Bayan Newspaper).
20. A Blind Cave Fish in Fujairah (Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia: Environment & Development Magazine).
21. The Emirati Tilapia Fish (Wikipedia – Arabic).
22. The Discovery of a second new fish in Fujairah (Al Bayan Newspaper).
23. Behavioural Observations on the Arabian Leopard (Panthera pardus nimr, Hemprich & Ehrenberg 1833) in the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, Desert Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
24. A Personality from Jaffa, Palestine: Bassam Ali Taher Khalaf (Abu Ali) (1938-2006).
25. The Sumpters (Animals) of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him.
26. The Arabian Carnivores in the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, Sharjah Desert Park, United Arab Emirates.
27. The Mammals in Dubai Zoo, Dubai City, United Arab Emirates.
28. The Reptiles in the Arabia’s Wildlife Centre in the Sharjah Desert Park, United Arab Emirates.
29. Muqadimet Al-Kitab (Arabic Preface).
30. Book Contents (Arabic Section).
Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Ali Taher Khalaf-Sakerfalke von Jaffa is a Palestinian/German Zoologist, Ecologist and Geologist. Born in Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany in 1962. Finished School in Kuwait. Studied Zoology, Geology and Ecology for the Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees at the Universities of Kuwait, Durham (England) and Ashwood (USA). Specialised in Animal Behaviour and Ecology. Done a lot of work and research in the Universities of Kuwait, Durham and Saarbrücken; and in the Zoos, Wild Parks and Field Studies in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, England, Scotland, Jersey Island, France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
He is the author and publisher of "Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin", the first Palestinian scientific journal worldwide (since 1983). Dr. Khalaf-von Jaffa is the author of seven books: Gazelle: The Palestinian Biological Bulletin (2004), Aquatica Arabica (2005), Mammalia Arabica (2006), Felidae Arabica (2007), Carnivora Arabica (2008), Fauna Palaestina – Part One (2009), Fauna Emiratus – Part One (2010), and the co-author of the book "Palestine: A Guide" (2005/2006).
He discovered and scientifically named four new animal subspecies. Two Palestinian mammal subspecies from the Gaza Strip: The Gaza or Palestine House Mouse (Mus musculus gazaensis Khalaf, 2007) and the Palestine Golden Jackal (Canis aureus palaestina Khalaf, 2008); and two Emirati freshwater fish subspecies: The Emirati or Wadi Al Wurayah Blind Cave Fish (Garra barreimiae wurayahi Khalaf, 2009) and the Emirati or Bassam Khalaf's Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus bassamkhalafi Khalaf, 2009) from the Emirate of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
He is working now as a free scientific researcher and publisher in the United Arab Emirates. He is married to Ola Khalaf and has one daughter, Nora (12 Years).