Farnaz Heidari

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  • Tim O’Brien 2017-10-02 08:54

    By Farnaz Heidari

    ‘It will take a lifetime of dedication to save Asiatic Cheetah’

    The Asiatic cheetah also known as Iranian cheetah is a Critically Endangered cheetah subspecies surviving today only in Iran. It once occurred from the Arabian Peninsula and the Near East to the Kyzylkum Desert, Caspian region, Pakistan and India, but has been extirpated there during the 20th century.

  • Felids under threat 2017/09/03

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Felids under threat

    Habitat fragmentation caused by agriculture and in general human interference results in the division of large, continuous habitats into smaller, more isolated remnants.

  • Pivotal concerns about feral and free roaming dogs 2017-08-26 09:35

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Pivotal concerns about feral and free roaming dogs

    Our susceptible wildlife is closing in on the extinction by human-wildlife conflicts. The resultant negative of human interference on wild animals and their habitats is widespread. Now dogs are often the most abundant terrestrial carnivore as Julie Young and her colleagues told the Bio-Science in 2011.

  • Igor Khorozyan 2017-08-20 10:50

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Digging deep into human-carnivore conflicts in Iran

    Human-carnivore conflicts is rapidly increasing in Iran. For instance just recently a young boy who was tending his sheep was attacked by a black bear on July 10, 2017 on the outskirts of a village in Jiroft, southeastern province of Kerman.

  • waxwing 2017/08/02

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Waxwing poaching in Iran on the rise

    Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Pardisan Park have been facing an immense number of wildlife illegal trades; unfortunately poaching and illegal trade is all-encompassing. Many species are added to the list of poaching currently, but waxwing poaching is unprecedented and the species is doomed to extinction.

  • Woodpeckers of Barzok 2017/07/27

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Woodpeckers of Barzok are affected by asymmetrical pattern of development

    Most woodpeckers are tied to tree habitats but dwell on a wide variety of species of trees regardless of their age and size.

  • Whale shark/ photo by David Robinson 2017-07-24 10:57

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Whale sharks subject to harassment in Iran’s southern waters

    The whale shark is aptly named. Bigger than any other shark, it is closer in size to giant whales but it is the largest fish in the sea, can grow to 12m in length and weigh up to 12 tons. With its giant mouth and large gill slits, the whale shark is a filter feeder.

  • The real life Aragog vs. the imaginary one in Harry Potter series 2017-07-11 10:36

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Sturdy Aragog of Harry Potter found in Iran

    Spiders are some of the most feared and least understood creatures in the animal world. These hairy hunters are famous for spinning webs but also very useful to humans, because they control insect pests and keep their numbers in check.

  • Desert monitor,Varanus griseus, photo by Mina Ezzati 2017/07/07

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Lizards in depth

    Over 4,675 species of lizard found around the world, according to the San Diego Zoo. Some sources raised the number and pointed to approximately 6,000 species. Lizards are found all over the world in almost every type of terrain. Some of them live in trees, some confined to deserts and some being in contact with rocks.

  • White-headed ducks/ Photo by Mohammadreza Masoud 2017/06/19

    By Farnaz Heidari

    White-headed ducks fall into drastic decline

    Long-term population declines for the white-headed duck have recently intensified in Iran as a result of habitat loss at the key sites such as Fars Province, Sistan Province, Lake Gurigöl and also south of Lake Urmia.

  • spotted owl 2017/06/12

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Spotted owls facing their nemesis

    Spotted owl upper parts are brown, colder and darker with white spots; dusky facial disc with broad white patch over and below the eyes, forming broad white spectacles, crown and nape finely spotted white. When perched, a broad white collar around the front of the neck is distinctive; under-parts strongly barred or spotted. Juveniles are gingery, with diffuse barring below. As mentioned before, spotted owls are crepuscular but frequently seen in daytime.

  • thylacine 2017/05/29

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Dragged to extinction by dogs and cats

    The thylacine -a marsupial- was once prevalent across Australia and Tasmania. Today it seems that domestic dogs and other introduced animals have outcompeted the species. It was also persecuted by farmers and is now extinct, although there are continued reports of sightings but all are inauthentic.

  • wildlife conservation 2017/05/21

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Canine distemper virus wildlife mortal enemy

    Diseases are parts of life, but in a well-balanced ecosystem virulent epidemics are rare. Disease can even be beneficial to a population, weeding out old or weak animals. Problems occur when a population of animals is exposed to a new disease to which it has not had a chance to build up natural immunity.

  • Termeh, a wolf kept in captivity in Pardisan park 2017/05/15

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Wolves’ precarious future in Iran

    Over the last two weeks, two children from Zanjan Province were attacked by wolves. On 13 May one of these wolves was shot dead. This is the sad story of wolves in Iran. Wherever wolves come into contact with people, the animals are regarded as dangerous pests who will- given the chance- kill people and livestock. They are poisoned, trapped and shot not only for their conviction, but also for human fear.

  • Mugger Crocodile, photo by Mina Ezzati 2017/05/10

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Mugger crocodile as a wild beast

    The beautiful broad-snouted Crocodile kept at Tehran Zoo is a vulnerable species and also known as Mugger. The snout of this Mugger has expanded, this head-on view allows the crocodile to grasp its prey without getting any attention. Drought and also habitat destruction led to their population decline. Some individuals survive today primarily in captivity. Lack of awareness about their place in the web of life were pushed species such as Muggers to the brink of extinction.

  • Egyptian vulture 2017/05/02

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Birds of prey: Egyptian vulture

    Including some of Iran’s biggest birds, the vultures soar high up, using superb eyesight to spot potential food on the ground: they eat meat, preferably freshly dead animals. They need warm, rising air or up-draughts and live in mountainous areas. Vultures, such as Egyptian Vulture, have very long wings, soaring on warm air with little expenditure of energy.

  • earth day gathering 2017-04-24 08:38

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Sad stories on the Earth

    Environmental issues have increasingly become an essential topic not just in newspapers but also on TV too. Some experts believe that it is an urgent priority to use the power of TV for helping to heal the scars the Earth is bearing.

  • Persian squirrel 2017-04-17 08:45

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Why some species are kept in zoos?

    Many questions arise concerning keeping animals in the zoos around the world. Richard Primack B. Primack in the book of “A primer of conservation biology” page 200 of chapter 6 wrote: “Zoos, along with affiliated universities, government wildlife departments, and conservation organizations, presently maintain 500,000 terrestrial vertebrate individuals, representing almost 8000 species and subspecies of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians." But there are some protests here in Iran against the presence of species such as Persian squirrel, brown bear and also birds such as flamingos in the zoos. What is the reason for this?

  • invasive species (Photo by Farnaz Heidari) 2017-04-11 12:24

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Iran’s reckless disregard in the face of invasive species

    Introduced species, species living outside its native distributional range arrived there by human activity, either deliberate or accidental, are responsible for about 40% of historic extinctions. Most of these data come from mammals and birds for which there is more information.

  • Delbar, female Asiatic cheetah, living in Pardisan Park (Photo by Farnaz Heidari) 2017-03-13 10:07

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Precious wildlife heritage in Tehran

    Koushki and Delbar considered are as the only two Asiatic Cheetahs in captivity all around the world. After facility outfit, Kushki had been transferred from Touran National Park, Semnan Province, and Delbar from Miandasht Wildlife Refuge, North Khorasan Province, to Asiatic Cheetah Research and Husbandry Headquarter in late 2014.

  • fox 2017-03-06 13:39

    By Farnaz Heidari

    The importance of common fox in Iran

    The ecology of the common fox is of interest because of high adaptability. This species is found in all regions of Iran with the exception of the northern forests and the drier parts of the central deserts, where it is replaced by the sand fox. In Europe common fox (or red fox) is a reddish color but in Iran it is usually a buff grey-brown with a browner back. In North America, however, there are many distinct color varieties, with up to 20 percent of red foxes being black or silver.

  • Simon J. Goodman 2017-02-28 07:38

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Caspian seals encounter steep population decline

    Caspian seal are considered as a relict species that are now confined to the Caspian Sea. Seals has been the subject of major international controversy due to the harvesting of its attractive white pups.