Wildlife

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  • 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.

  • leopard injured in Paband national park 2017-05-23 20:05

    Leopard trapped in snare released back to wild

    TEHRAN — A leopard which had been trapped in a snare and injured on May 12 in the Paband National Park, the northern Mazandaran province, was released back to wild last week, Iran Environment and Wildlife Watch website reported.

  • 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.

  • Persian fallow deer delivers twins at Tehran zoo 2017-04-27 13:33

    Persian fallow deer delivers twins at Tehran zoo

    TEHRAN — A Persian fallow deer living in captivity at Tehran Zoological Garden, also known as Eram Zoo, gave birth to twins for the first time in Iran, IRIB reported on Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • Wildlife conservation breeding in Iran (photo by Farnaz Heidari) 2017-02-20 10:00

    By Ali Afzalinejad-Fard

    Wildlife conservation breeding in Iran

    Assisted reproductive technologies (A.R.T.) for endangered species such as cheetahs and leopards can be viewed as a tool that can increase reproductive output. Knowing specific factors that can influence fertility and either providing conditions that reflect those that are naturally found, or attempting to mimic them artificially can enhance natural reproduction.

  • Roudsar Persian leopard in torment 2017/02/13

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Roudsar Persian leopard in torment

    People exert noticeable impacts on biodiversity in several ways. As long as there are greedy and uncaring people, there will be change in relative abundance of species. Namely hunting is estimated to have caused 33% of the extinctions of mammals.

  • lizard 2017-02-05 20:37

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Mistery of lizards

    Southwestern Kermanshah, Ilam, Khuzestan, Lorestan, and Bushehr provinces are considered as the geographic range of Mesopotamian spiny-tailed lizard in Iran.

  • white tiger 2017/01/30

    By Farnaz Heidari

    White tigers attraction

    Tigers used to occur in Asia as far west as Turkey, and isolated populations developed into different subspecies. The subspecies of tigers consist of Bengal tiger (Indian), South China tiger, Malayan tiger, Indochinese tiger, Sumatran tiger, Siberian tiger (Amur), Bali tiger, Javan tiger, and Caspian tiger (Hyrcanian). The last three subspecies are extinct. Along with the Bengal tiger, the white tiger is considered to be the second largest tiger in the world after the Siberian tiger. But what is the white tiger?

  • Caspian Red deer 2017-01-09 15:41

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Compete by antlers

    Caspian Red deer or Maral is a famous subspecies of Red Deer. This subspecies is native in Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains. Once found throughout the forested areas of the Alborz and much of the Zagros (the last survivors were seen in the Arasbaran area about 50 years ago) and is now found only in the Caspian Region, particularly to the east in the Dodangeh Wildlife Refuge and Golestan National Park.

  • Robert Baldwin 2017-01-02 09:30

    By Farnaz Heidari

    How much we know about cetaceans of Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman?

    Unlike whales which are currently extremely rare cetaceans were abundant in the Persian Gulf. Some anecdotal reports of stranded whales have been received, usually without an identification of the species.

  • Persian Leopard 2017-01-01 18:54

    Hefty fine, insurance policy reduces leopard casualties in Iran

    TEHRAN — Increasing the fine for killing leopards by 16 times to 800 million rials (nearly $20,000) and insuring the animals against any possible threat has resulted in fewer casualties in Iran, IRNA news agency reported.

  • Nature village 2016-12-26 10:39

    Nature village, a safe habitat for endangered wildlife 

    TEHRAN — Dehkadeh Tabiat (literary meaning nature village) is actually a private wildlife reserve stretching over 10 hectares of land in the north-central province of Qazvin.

  • African Crown Crane 2016-12-26 09:38

    By Farnaz Heidari

    A living fossil at Tehran Zoo

    With its large yellow crown, Grey Crowned Crane has an odd charm of its own.

  • Black Kite 2016-12-19 09:06

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Black Kite, the most abundant raptor

    Which characteristics make a bird of prey? Exceptional eyesight capable of spotting prey many kilometers away is the most important sense used by birds of prey.

  • December 4 marking Intl. Cheetah Day: World’s fastest land animal is racing against extinction 2016-12-05 11:37

    December 4 marking Intl. Cheetah Day: World’s fastest land animal is racing against extinction

    TEHRAN - Cheetah is world’s fastest land animal over short distances and also the most ancient of all the big cats. Years of persecution have made it one of the world’s most vulnerable big cats. Definitive habitats of Cheetahs in Iran consist of Touran Protected Area in Semnan Province, Kavir National Park which is also in Semnan Province, Nayband Wildlife Refuge in South Khorasan Province, Miandasht Wildlife Refuge in North Khorasan Province, Abbasabad Naein Wildlife Refuge in Isfahan Province, Darband Ravar Wildlife Refuge in Kerman Province, Dare-Anjir Wildlife Refuge, Siah-koh Ardakan National Park, Kalmand and Bahadoran Protected Area and Bafgh Protected Area in Yazd Province.