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Inspectors Seize Smuggled Exotic Animals from Amman Pet Shop
Wildlife inspectors seized and confiscated four lion cubs and scores of other endangered species from a pet shop in Amman.

Releasing 500 Houbara Bustards in Jordan
Jordan has become the latest country in the region to host the release of Asian Houbara bustards bred in Abu Dhabi. The 500 Houbara were released at eight designated sites in traditional areas for the species. 

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 A Volunteer Day for RSCN
A voluntary Day by RSCN with Tkiyet Um Ali in the Holy month of Ramadan - Wednesday, 07/16/2014.
Local Environmental News
15,000 Tonnes of Waste Collected in Amman during Eid Holiday
Sanitation workers collected over 15,000 tonnes of household waste during the Eid Al Fitr holiday, according to the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), which reported a notable increase in waste production.
Regional Environmental News
African Biodiversity under Threat
Researchers meeting in Cameroon have warned that Africa could lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century because of global warming, population growth and unregulated development.

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World Environmental News
World’s Largest Four-winged Dinosaur Discovered 
A new four-winged dinosaur has been discovered, with exceptionally long feathers on its tail and "hindwings". Changyuraptor yangi was a gliding predator which lived in the Cretaceous period in what is now Liaoning, China.
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Fish-eating Spiders Discovered by Scientists
Scientists have discovered that a number of spider species catch and eat fish. Spiders are traditionally viewed as predators of insects, but a new study suggests that eating fish is widespread among species that live near water.

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Did You Know!

The Rock Hyrax lives in large colonies.  Interestingly, this species is known for its exclusive use of latrines to pass waste in order to maintain a clean territory. The Rock Hyrax can go for long periods of time without drinking, presumably because they obtain most of the moisture that they need from their food. 
Environmental Tips

If you lower the indoor temperature by one degree you reduce the heating cost by five percent.


The Spiny-Tailed Lizard in the Jordanian Wilderness
The Spiny-Tailed Lizard, belonging to the Agamidae family and the genus Uromastyx, inhabits the deserts and semi-deserts of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Iraq and Jordan. In Jordan, populations of Uromastyx aegyptia are distributed throughout Wadi Arabia, Wadi Rum and the northeastern desert. Between June 1999 and June 2000, an extensive survey of the reptiles of Wadi Rum was conducted. During the study, U. aegyptia was observed inhabiting sand dunes, rocky wadis and other sandy/rocky areas throughout Wadi Rum. In Fifa Natural Reserve, burrows of U. aegyptia were recorded among saline-type vegetation. U. aegyptia burrows provide shelter for many organisms that, because they are unable to dig through the hard desert crust, would not be able to escape harsh desert conditions. The survey revealed that U. aegyptia burrows provide shelter for many species including snakes, geckos, spiders and many arthropods.
Picture of the Month
Common Name: Long-Eared Hedgehog
Scientific Name: Hemiechinus auritus
The Long-Eared Hedgehog is considered the smallest species of hedgehog in Jordan. Its most distinctive feature is a pair of very long, pointed and hairless ears.  These animals are also characterized by white dorsal spine tips and black scapular spine bases.  Long-Eared Hedgehogs are primarily found in central, northern and northeastern Jordan.

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Uniforms for Law Enforcement Rangers (20,000 JOD)
Based on its authority under the Hunting and Forestry Conservation Law to implement a number of security services, the RSCN has been granted a law enforcement capacity concerned with the control and application of all laws relating to agriculture and biodiversity.
The RSCN seeks to finance the purchase of uniforms for members of its rangers, to enable citizens or partners to identify them by their uniform when in the field. The uniform shall be selected carefully to suit the nature of the field work involved, such as long distance walking in hot or cold conditions, and in terms of color, quality and design.

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