Negev tortoise gets UN attention amid extinction threat

As the United Nations marks 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, Israel is gaining attention from the world’s largest wildlife agency as home to an endangered species.

Last week, the International Union for Conservation of Nature cited the Kleinmann’s Tortoise, whose habitat stretches from Libya to Israel, as a wild animal in danger of extinction. It is primarily a desert animal that can be found in the sands of the Negev.

According to the IUCN, the Kleinmann’s Tortoise is at the most severe stage that precedes total extinction. It should be noted that there is a separate species of these animals in Israel that is distinct from their relatives in the Sinai Peninsula. The animals in Egypt most likely became extinct.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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