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

Fauna Palaestina - Part 3 (ISBN 978-9950-383-35-7)


The Book: Fauna Palaestina - Part Three. Zoological Studies in Palestine between 2005 - 2012


Das Buch: Fauna Palaestina - Teil Drei. Zoologische Studien in Palästina zwischen 2005 - 2012


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


ISBN 978-9950-383-35-7


Published: First Edition, July 2013, Shaaban 1434 H


Erschienen: Erste Auflage, Juli 2013, Shaaban 1434 H


Publisher: Dar Al Jundi Publishing House, Jerusalem (Al Quds), State of Palestine


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Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Khalaf-von Jaffa, July 2013, Shaaban 1434 H, ISBN 978-9950-383-35-7, Hardcover. 1. Auflage / First Edition: 364 Seiten / Pages (English / German Part 350 Pages and the Arabic Part 14 Pages). zahlr. schwarz-weiß Abbildungen (Numerous black and white photography). Format: 24.5  x  17,5 cm, Gewicht (Weight): 675 gram. Preis: 40,00 Euro.


Website of the Book: Fauna Palaestina – Part Three.  Zoological Studies in Palestine between 2005 – 2012 (ISBN 978-9950-383-35-7): 



E-mail of the Author: Jaffacity@yahoo.de


Tel. of the author (Palestine): 00970-52-4170202

Tel. of the author (Emirates): 00971-50-4888604


English / German Cover: A Wolf at Qalqilia Zoo, Qalqilia, State of Palestine in 2011. Photograph by Mr. Imad Atrash, the Executive Director of the Palestine Wildlife Society, Beit Sahour, State of Palestine.


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


Printed and bound in Al Quds (Jerusalem), State of Palestine 



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", and 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 100 "Gazelle" Issues were published; and many of my articles were about Palestinian Animals.   

Finally, and after more than 34 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 zoological books: Gazelle: The Palestinian Biological Bulletin in July 2004, Aquatica Arabica in August 2005, Mammalia Arabica in July 2006, Felidae Arabica in July 2007, Carnivora Arabica in September 2008, Fauna Palaestina – Part One in September 2009, Fauna Emiratus – Part One in November 2010, and my eighth book Fauna Palaestina – Part Two which was published by Dar Al Jundi Publishing House in Al Quds (Jerusalem), Palestine in July 2012; I finally decided to publish my newest scientific book in the Holy City of Jerusalem, Palestine, containing selected "Palestinian" research and articles which were published between 2005 - 2012.   

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. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Ali Taher Khalaf-von Jaffa.      


Al Quds (Jerusalem), the Capital of the State of Palestine and the Capital of Arab Culture.            

05th July 2013 (My 51th Birthday). 

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. His family originally comes from Al Eizariya (Bethany), east of Al Quds (Jerusalem), Palestine. The family then moved to the city of Jaffa, Palestine before 1948. 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 nine 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), Fauna Palaestina – Part Three (2013), 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, Publisher and Tourist Guide in the United Arab Emirates. He is married to Ola Khalaf and has one daughter, Nora (14 Years).

Contents of the Book

English / German Articles:

1. Preface

2. About the Author: A Palestinian-German Zoologist

3. Mammalia Palaestina: The Mammals of Palestine / Die Säugetiere Palästinas

4. Israel uses the Eland Antelope (Taurotragus oryx) as a new front line force to protect the Israeli-Lebanese border

5. The Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus, Hermann 1779) in Palestinian, Mediterranean and Atlantic Waters

6. Carnivora Palaestina: The Carnivores of Palestine / Die Raubtiere Palästinas

7. Canis aureus palaestina Khalaf, 2008: A New Golden Jackal Subspecies from the Gaza Strip, Palestine

8. Rodentia Palaestina: The Rodents of Palestine

9. Mus musculus gazaensis Khalaf, 2007: A New House Mouse Subspecies from the Gaza Strip, Palestine

10. Cetacea Palaestina: The Whales and Dolphins in Palestinian Waters. Cetacean Species Guide for Palestine

11. Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus Lilljeborg, 1861) sighted off the Mediterranean Coast of Palestine

12. The Story of Prophet Yunus (Jonah) and the Whale

13. The Andromeda Sea Monster of Jaffa

14. The Story of Prophet Musa (Moses) and the Fish

15. An Ocean Sunfish or Common Mola (Mola mola, Linnaeus 1758) caught off the coast of Gaza: The First Record from Palestine, East Mediterranean Sea

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

17. Amphibia Palaestina: The Amphibians of Palestine

18. The Palestinian Frogs and Toads

19. The Extinction of the Palestinian or Hula Painted Frog (Discoglossus nigriventer, Mendelssohn and Steinitz 1943): The Result of Israeli Drainage of the Lake Hula

20. Das Aussterben der Palästinensischer Scheibenzüngler oder Hulesee- Scheibenzüngler (Discoglossus nigriventer, Mendelssohn and Steinitz 1943): Das Resultat der Israelischen Trockenlegung des Hulesees

21. The Re-Discovery of the Palestinian or Hula Painted Frog (Discoglossus nigriventer, Mendelssohn and Steinitz 1943) in Palestine

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