A released deer in the acclimatization area
Hello Persian fallow deer enthusiasts!
In our last report, we explained that we were planning a Spring release and indeed, on February 15th, we transported 6 deer to the acclimatization area at the Nahal Soreq Nature Reserve. After 3 weeks within the acclimatization area, 3 males and 3 females were released into the wild proper. From our monitoring, we know they are doing well.
At present, we are tracking the deer with radio telemetry tracking collars which require our staff to physically patrol the release area with a base unit in order to monitor the progress of released animals. We are awaiting 2 GPS tracking collars donated via the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. The importance of GPS collars is that we are able to obtain instant, accurate data via the internet. Of-course these collars are much more expensive and so we hope to add more in due course.
Our zoological team is planning a further release within the next month or so and we will provide you with an update in our next progress report.
Thank you for your continued support of this very important wildlife conservation project. Because of you the deer referred to in the Bible once again roam the Judean hills.
Warm regards from us all,
The Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
An anaesthetized deer monitored prior to transport
A precious cargo being delivered back to the wild
Entrance to acclimatization area at Nahal Soreq