Just before the sand dunes between Beer Milka and Kadesh Barnea, which are home to many species of animals, are to be converted to agricultural land, we received permission from the Nature and Parks Authority to collect animals inhabiting the area. The collection was carried out in mid-June and the beginning of July. The animals were collected, measured, their details documented and they were transported to the Zoological Garden.
Among the many species collected during the 2-day period and transferred to the Garden were: desert horned viper (Cerastes cerastes), Sahara sand viper (Cerastes vipera), diademed sand snake (Lytorhynchus diadema), spotted desert racer (Platyceps rogersi), diadem snake (Spalerosophis diadema), wedge-snouted skink (Chalcides sepsoides), sandfish skink (Scincus scincus), fan-fingered gecko (Ptyodactylus guttatus), Anderson’s short-fingered gecko (Stenodactylus petrii), elegant gecko (Stenodactylus sthenodactylus), Egyptian fringe-fingered lizard (Acanthodactylus aegyptius), Bosk's fringe-fingered lizard (Acanthodactylus boskianus), Nidua fringe-fingered lizard (Acanthodactylus scutellatus), Common chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon), lesser Egyptian jerboa (Jaculus jaculus), Buxton's Jird (Meriones sacramenti), Wagner's gerbil (Gerbillus dasyurus), Anderson's gerbil (Gerbillus allenbyi) and pygmy gerbil (Gerbillus henleyi). You are invited to visit our new residents in their new home in the reptile yard at the Zoological Garden. 

Taking part in the collection were: Oren Auster, Alex Slavenko, Erez Maza, Daniel Berkowic, Yafit Brenner, Noa Truskanov, Simon Jamison, Eran Amichai, Karin Tamar, Ron Elazari and his two children, Razi Hoffman, Rachel Schwarz, Shai Meiri, Snir Halle, David Groenewoud and Oliver Tallowin.

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