Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-Sakerfalke von Jaffa's Books

The Book: Fauna Palaestina - Part One. A Zoological Journey in Palestine, Arabia and Europe between 1983-2006.   (ISBN 978-9948-03-865-8).   By: Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa.


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Fauna Palaestina - Part One

The Book: Fauna Palaestina - Part One. A Zoological Journey in Palestine, Arabia and Europe between 1983-2006.

Das Buch: Fauna Palaestina - Teil Eins. Eine Zoologische Reise in Palästina, Arabien und Europa zwischen 1983-2006.

von: Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa.

ISBN 978-9948-03-865-8

Erschienen: 1. Auflage / First Edition: September 2009.

Literaturangaben. - Parallelsacht. in arab. Schr. - Text teilw. dt., teilw. engl., teilw. arab. - Teilw. in arab. Schr.

Dr. Norman Ali Khalaf, 2009, ISBN 978-9948-03-865-8, Gebunden Hardback. 1. Auflage / First Edition: 412 Seiten / Pages. zahlr. schwarz-weiß Abbildungen - Format: 30  x  21,5 cm, Gewicht: 1.500 gram. Preis: 50,00 Euro.

Selbstverlag / Self Publisher: Dr. Norman Ali Khalaf. P.O. Box 37038, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates & Uhlandstraße 6, D-66271 Rilchingen-Hanweiler, Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

German / English Cover Foto: „The Palestine Sunbird“ Painting by the Palestinian Artist Ismail Shammout, 2004.

Arabic Cover Foto: A Dorcas Gazelle or 'Afri at Kuwait Zoo, State of Kuwait. Foto by Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa. August 2009.

Cover Design / Umschlaggestaltung: Ola Mostafa Khalaf. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Printed and bound in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.


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".  
I was especially interested in the Arabian Wildlife, and in particular, in my Homeland Palestine. My first zoological article about the Palestinian Fauna dates back to February 1983. The article was entitled "The Badger in Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula". It was published in the Palestinian "Al Khalisah" Bulletin, Kuwait University.  

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).  
My first zoological article in "Gazelle" was about "Order Lagomorpha in Palestine". Till now 91 "Gazelle" Issues were published; and many of my articles were about Palestinian Animals.

Finally, and after more than 30 years in Zoological research and studies, in Palestine and 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 first book (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, I finally decided to publish a new scientific book containing all my "Palestinian" research and articles which were published between 1983 - 2006.  

It is hard to be optimistic about the future of Wildlife in Palestine. But recent years have shown the development of official and public interest, and efforts to conserve the Palestinian Fauna. Palestinian animals lived with humans for thousands of years. There are a lot of stories concerning Prophets with Palestinian animals, which were mentioned in the Holy Quran, Bible and Torah.       

I hope that I can participate with my new book to our knowledge about "Fauna Palaestina", and to help and to be part in protecting the endangered Palestinian and Arabian Fauna.

Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa.     
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
20 September 2009.

About the Author : A Palestinian-German Zoologist


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 six scientific books: Gazelle: The Palestinian Biological Bulletin (2004) & Aquatica Arabica (2005) & Mammalia Arabica (2006) & Felidae Arabica (2007) & Carnivora Arabica (2008) & Fauna Palaestina – Part One (2009). 

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 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.

Contents of the Book

English / German Articles :




About the Author : A Palestinian Zoologist


The Sinai Leopard (Panthera pardus jarvisi) in Palestine


The Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx) in Palestine  


The Wolf (Canis lupus) in Palestine


The Otter (Lutra lutra) in Palestine


A Palestinian Zoologist : Dr. Sana Issa Atallah (1943 – 1970)


The Extinct and Endangered Animals in Palestine


Threatened Mammals in Palestine


The Nile Crocodile in Palestine


The Story of Prophet Yunus (Jonah) and the Whale


The Story of Prophet Musa (Moses) and the Fish


Moses Perch (Lutjanus russelli, Bleeker 1849)


The Fish of Musa (Samak Musa)


Samak Al-Luchs (Al-Hamoor) or the Orange-Spotted Grouper (Epinephelus coioides) in Palestine (Mediterranean Sea) and the United Arab Emirates (Arabian Gulf)


Jaffa (Yaffa) : The History of an Old Palestinian Arab City on the Mediterranean Sea


The Andromeda Sea Monster of Jaffa


The Jewfish (Epinephelus itajara) / Der Riesenzackenbarsch oder Judenfisch (Epinephelus itajara)


The Leopards of Palestine


The Jaffa Amphipod (Ampelisca jaffaensis, Bellan-Santini & Kaim-Malka, 1977) from Jaffa, Palestine


Chapter 3 : Geography, Flora and Fauna (in the Book: Palestine : A Guide)


Felidae Palaestina : The Wild Cats of Palestine


Mammalia Palaestina : The Mammals of Palestine


The Asiatic or Persian Lion (Panthera leo persica) in Palestine


Ornithomimid Dinosaur Tracks from Beit Zeit, West of Jerusalem, Palestine


The Common Weasel (Mustela nivalis, Linnaeus 1766) in Palestine and the East Mediterranean Region


The Asiatic or Persian Lion (Panthera leo persica, Meyer 1826) in Palestine and the Arabian and Islamic Region

Arabic Articles :


The Names of the Lion


The missing Names of the Lion


A Personality from Jaffa, Palestine : Bassam Ali Taher Khalaf (Abu Ali) (1938 – 2006)


Palestinian Scientists and Technologists Abroad (PALESTA)


The Qalqilia Zoo and the Natural History Museum in the City of Qalqilia, West Bank, Occupied Palestine


The Rafah Zoo in the Rafah Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip, Palestine : A Story of Destruction by the Israeli Occupation Army


The Fishes of Palestine


Notes on the Black Kite (Milvus migrans) in Palestine and the Arabic World and Europe


The Water and the Ecological Problems in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip (As Part of the Middle East)


Acquaintance Card : Gazelle Magazine: The Palestinian Biological Bulletin, Bonn, Germany


An Introduction to the Animal Life in Palestine


A List of the Birds of Palestine (Arabic / English)


The Palestine Bulbul


The Pinecone Fish (Monocentris japonicus, Houttuyn), A First Live Record from the Red Sea (Translation)


The Brown Bear in Palestine and the rest of the Arabian Peninsula


The Pine Bunting in Palestine


Order Lagomorpha in Palestine


A Scientific Comment : The Badger


The Leopards in Palestine 


The Badger in Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula


Muqadimet Al-Kitab (Arabic Preface)


Book Contents (Arabic Section)