The river that passes through the Tel Dan Reserve was photographed that day by the same photographer Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
: From what is happening in the reserve
Tel Dan Nature Reserve
Symbol of the Nature and Parks Authority
One of the most important and sensational discoveries in the country was uncovered during the Tel Dan excavations in 1993-4. The diggers found an Aramaic inscription on a basalt stone that was probably erected at the time at the gate of the city of Dan and in which an Aramaic king, probably Hazal, is mentioned, who killed Jehoram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of the House of David during the war. The inscription dates to the ninth century BCE and is the only extra-biblical inscription found so far in which the name House of David is explicitly mentioned.
"And he went with Joram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth-gilead; and the Arameans wounded Joram. And king Joram (Ahaziah) returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Arameans had given him at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Aram. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
Book of Kings 2: 8, verses 28-29
[Image of Aramaic inscription]
Did you know ?!
The streams of Israel have reached a low point in recent decades. Their waters are exploited, in many channels its effluents flow, the curves of the streams are straightened, the vegetation on their banks is uprooted and many invasive species have found refuge in them. In the last decade, many efforts have been made to change this situation and return to Israel’s streams their proper place in the natural landscape of Israel.
Efforts to rehabilitate the streams are carried out by many factors in Israel, and the Nature and Parks Authority plays an important role in the overall effort. Our main role is in nature reserves and national parks. Here we are making many efforts to restore the source water to the streams, to increase the water allocations to copy points where they are caught ??? A man along the creek.
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[Photo: River in the Tel Dan Reserve]
[Photo: Porcupine - Photo: Gal Wayne]
Many Porcupines find their home in the Tel Dan Reserve. Due to the fencing and supervision of the individuals in the reserve are protected from illegal hunting that harms this species. The porcupines live in a monogamous relationship for life, live in burrows and go out in search of food in the form of tubers and onions when evening falls.
The porcupine thorns that can sometimes be found for the reserve trails are actually the hairs of the porcupine that have hardened into long, flexible or short and sharp thorns.
Near Eastern fire salamander
The orange salamander is considered an endangered species, and is included in the red book of vertebrates.
The largest concentration of this species in Israel is found on the paths of the Tel Dan Reserve, and symbolizes the struggle of the Nature and Parks Authority to preserve the moist habitats, without which the salamander would not exist.
The salamander is one of the seven amphibian species found in Israel, including the toad, Middle East tree frog, the river frog and the newt.
[Photo of Salamanda, Photo: Idan Kisos?]
[Photo: Otter, Photo: Archive]
Otters are super-predators in the food web of the moist habitat and their presence in an ecosystem is an important marker for the health of the system and its biodiversity. In the past, otters were common in all coastal streams, as well as along the Jordan Basin, including Lake Hula and the Sea of Galilee. In recent decades, there has been a dramatic deterioration in the condition of otters and their distribution, so it is defined in Israel as a critically endangered species.