Camera trapping in assessing diversity of mammals in Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, Lebanon
By Dr. Mounir Abi-Said & Dr. Zuhair S. Amr - April 5, 2012
Thirteen species of mammals were documented using camera trapping in Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve in Lebanon. The presence of seven carnivores and most interestingly the Rock Hyrax, Procavia capensis, was confirmed. Data on annual activity were also included for all species reported.
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MAMMALS By Mounir Abi Said (PhD Biodiversity Management/ Mammalogist):
The magnitude and complexity of threats to biodiversity are well-documented (Soulé 1986, Primack 2002, Wilson 2002). Human numbers have increased from 2.5 billions to6 billions over the last two generations and might reach 12 billions in the coming twogenerations (Wilson 2002). Based on current patterns of use, people currently sequester 40% of the world’s net primary productivity (Vitousek et al. 1986) and more than 50% of the world's renewable fresh water (Raven 2002). If these trends continue, people will increasingly destroy many of the natural resources that remain. Thus, half to two-thirds of all animal species on the earth may be lost during the next four generations (Wilson 2002, Raven 2002).
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