The Book: Fauna Palaestina - Part Two. Zoological Studies in Palestine between 1983 - 2009
Das Buch: Fauna Palaestina - Teil Zwei. Zoologische Studien in Palästina zwischen 1983 - 2009
By: Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa
Erschienen: 1. Auflage / First Edition : July 2012, Shaaban 1433 H
Publisher: Al Jundi Publishing House, Jerusalem, Palestine
Website of the Book: Fauna Palaestina - Part Two. Zoological Studies in Palestine between 1983 – 2009 (ISBN 978-9948-16-667-2): http://dr-norman-ali-khalaf-books.webs.com/faunapalaestinapart2.htm
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English / German Cover: The State of Palestine Stamp with the Palestine Sunbird. Designed by the Palestinian Artist Khaled Jarrar
Arabic Cover: A Collection of Palestinian Postage Stamps and Coins and the Jaffa Coin Medal.
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOST GRACIOUS, MOST MERCIFUL
Packed into Palestine's small area are snow-covered mountains, parched deserts, fertile fields, lush woodlands and long stretches of sand dunes. No less than four different geographical zones are included in Palestine, and the country's climate ranges from semi-arid to temperate to subtropical.
All of this makes Palestine home to a stunning variety of plants and animals. Some 47,000 living species have been identified in Palestine, with another 4,000 assumed to exist. There are 116 species of mammals native to Palestine, 511 kinds of birds, 97 types of reptiles and nine types of amphibians. Some 2,780 types of plants grow countrywide, from Alpine flowers on northern mountain slopes to bright red coral peonies and desert papyrus reeds in the south.
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".
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" (ISSN 0178-6288), the first Palestinian scientific journal worldwide (since 1983); and the author of eight 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), Fauna Palaestina – Part Two (2012), and the co-author of the book "Palestine: A Guide" (2005/2006).
He discovered and scientifically named six 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; and the Arabian or Emirati Four-Tusked Elephant Fossil († Stegotetrabelodon syrticus emiratus Khalaf, 2010) from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and the Palestine or Wadi Qana Doctor Fish (Garra rufa wadiqana Khalaf, 2013) from Wadi Qana Nature Reserve, Salfit Governorate, State of Palestine.
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 (13 Years).
Note: The above picture was taken in front of Qubat Al Sakhra Al Musharafa (Dome of the Rock), Al Quds (Jerusalem), Palestine, on 8th July 2012.
2. The Nile Crocodile in Palestine
3. Extinct and Endangered Animals in Palestine
4. Threatened Mammals in Palestine
5. Flora and Fauna in Palestine
6. Whale Sharks in Palestinian Waters: A Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus, Smith 1828) rescued near the Tantura Beach, Carmel Coast, North Palestine: The First Record from the Palestinian Mediterranean Coast
7. Whale Sharks in Palestinian Waters: Whale Sharks (Rhincodon typus, Smith 1828) near Um Al-Rashrash (Eilat) Beach, Gulf of Aqaba, South Palestine: First Records from the Palestinian Red Sea Coast
8. The Jaffa Amphipod (Ampelisca jaffaensis, Bellan-Santini & Kaim-Malka, 1977) from Jaffa, Palestine
9. The Common Weasel (Mustela nivalis, Linnaeus 1766) in Palestine and the East Mediterranean Region
10. Ornithomimid Dinosaur Tracks from Beit Zeit, West of Jerusalem, Palestine
11. An Introduction to the Animal Life in Palestine
12. The Badger in Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula
13. The Leopards in Palestine
14. The Fishes of Palestine
15. The Rafah Zoo in the Rafah Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip, Palestine : A Story of Destruction by the Israeli Occupation Army
16. The Qalqilia Zoo and the Natural History Museum in the City of Qalqilia, West Bank, Occupied Palestine