Endangered biblical animals are poised for a comeback in NATURE’s Lost World of the Holy Land.
Animals are a formidable presence in the Bible, which makes reference to more than a hundred species, some metaphorically and others literally. But many of those creatures are gone from the Holy Land today, or on the verge of extinction there.
The fleet-footed Nubian ibex, for example — the wild goat of the Bible — has been all but hunted out of existence. The Arabian oryx is relatively rare, as are Persian fallow deer. Ostriches once common to the deserts of the Middle East have vanished completely, and the vulture is in danger of following soon.
In a land rife with acrimony and violence, can there be hope of finding a commitment to wildlife preservation?
In fact, vigorous and inventive programs by Israeli and Arab conservationists are underway to stabilize and restore endangered animal populations, as NATURE highlights in Lost World of the Holy Land.
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Online content for Lost World of the Holy Land was originally posted April 2003.
Production Credits Print
Director and Writer
Production Services in Israel
BD PRODUCTIONS LTD.
Production Managers in Israel
JON D. VAN WYE
STAGE TWO AUDIO
This film was made with the cooperation of
The Israel Nature and National Parks
Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
Children for the Protection of Nature in Palestine
The Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel
Voice of the Bible
ZACHRIA BEN MOSHE
ABC News VideoSource
Afikim Productions -- Moshe Alpert
Benya Binnun -- Talia Productions
Getty Images/Image Bank Film
Israel Air Force
Wish You Were Here Film and Video
For National Geographic Television
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive In Charge
A Co-Production of Thirteen/WNET New York and National Geographic Television in Association with Trebitsch Produktion International, GMBH by Gemini Productions
This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.
About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
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