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Stories of RSCN from 50 Years
The Story of Nazareth Iris
Nazareth Iris (Iris bismarckiana) was detected for the first time by the Research Section Team at RSCN in 2005 in Dibeen Forest Reserve as one of the rare flowers.

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Egyptian goose
The Egyptian goose, was recorded in the Kingdom for the first time in 2011 in Aqaba Birds Observatory.
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Regional Environmental NEWS
33 lions flown home after rescue from life in the circus
The roars of lions filled the cargo section at Johannesburg’s main international airport evening as 33 lions were rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa.

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World Environmental NEWS
March temperature smashes 100-year global record
The global temperature in March has shattered a century-long record by the greatest margin ever seen for any month.
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Photo of the Month
Common Name: Indian Crested Porcupine
Distribution: Transcaucasus, Asia Minor, Palestine, Arabia to S Kazakhstan and India, Sri Lanka, Tibet.
Diagnosis: Largest rodent in Jordan. Adult specimen can reach a length of up to 1m. Muzzle blunt, and covered with hair up to the lip. Small eyes and ears, round ears covered by hair. Long and well developed vibrissae. Short tail. The body is covered by long sharp spines (quills). The Quills reach up to 400 mm in length on the posterior half of the back. They are creamy white and banded with black (tip creamy white).  Quills on base of tail and tail are completely white. Fur colour dark brown and blackish brown on the limbs. Forefeet with four digits, and a strong white claw; hindfeet with five digits. Palms and soles are naked.
Habitat: The Indian Crested Porcupine favours rocky habitats with boulders and large and deep cervices. It lives in a wide variety of habitats ranging from arid to humid Mediterranean. It shelters in wadis of rocky nature and may live in small caves or in constructed burrows. They feed on fleshy vegetation.
Human interaction: Many locals relish the porcupine's meat (Al Nees) as a delicacy and for medicinal purposes. Perhaps this is responsible for the decline of H. Indica populations throughout Jordan
Previous records. Aqraba, Ain Lahzha, Fuhis, King Hussein Bridge, Wadi Fidan, Wadi Shoaib , and Dana Biosphere Reserve. 
New records. Bergish, Irbid, Jabal Masuda, Jawa, Jordan Valley, Malka, Petra, Wadi Araba, Wadi Al Mujib.
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•  February - March 2016, Issue No. 78
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Bio Bot
Common name: Five-toad Jerboa 
Distribution: Steppe and semi-desert from Turkey, Syria, E Jordan, east to N Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; north through Iraq to the Caucasus; N Iran; E Afghanistan.
Diagnosis: Distinctively long and narrow ears, more than one half of hindfoot length.  Dorsal brown, ventral white. Five digits on hindfeet, soles are naked.  Hindfoot with three functional and two vestigial digits.
Habitat: The Five-toad Jerboa is a true desert species and restricted to the arid habitats of Jordan.  It is mostly associated with wadis in dry parts of the country and avoids sand habitats
Human interaction: Populations of the Euphrates Jerboa are declining in Jordan and elsewhere within its distribution range. This species is now listed under the "Near Threatened" category in the IUCN Red Data Book. It is one of the main food items for desert owls. Locals relish the meat of jerboas, but this is practiced at a low scale.
Localities: Amman, Al Jafr, Qaser Amra, Al Mafraq, Ma'an,Jawa, Jawa, Al Shawmari, and Um Al Quttain. 
New records: Ernbeh.
Did You Know!
The nutria (Myocastor coypus) is the only exotic rodent species in Jordan.
Environmental Tip
Fill the sink with water when washing dishes rather than leaving the tap running.
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Enhancing Forest Protection of Ajloun 
Forest Reserve (5,000 JOD)

Ajloun Forest Reserve was established to protect Jordan’s evergreen Oak forests. Distinguished by its wide biodiversity, more than 400 plant species are located within the Reserve, some of which are rare and in danger of extinction. Jordan’s forests, particularly those in Ajloun, are facing many threats; thousands of trees are lost every year due to illegal woodcutting and fires. To combat this, the RSCN built a watchtower in Ajloun Forest Reserve to ensure that environmental monitoring programs for wildlife in the Reserve are implemented. Due to its strategic location in the center of the Reserve, the 11-meter-high tower overlooks a large part of the forest which helps rangers detect violations and take immediate action.
RSCN aims to complete furnishing the tower’s upper chamber by enclosing the chamber room with wood on its walls, floor and roof, and by installing windows as per the designs.

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Wild Weekly Weekends 
(May 2016)
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