Blanford's Fox

  • Issue: May 2000
  • Artist: Amir Balaban
  • Designer: Ad Vanooijen
  • Stamp Size: 25.7 mm x 40 mm
  • Plate no.: 409
  • Sheet of 8 stamps, Tabs: 4
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein Ltd.
  • Method of printing: Offset

The extinction rate of wild animals during the modern era, in Israel and throughout  the world, has been increasing and is 50-100 times faster than the rate of natural extinction. The intensive development of open areas, pollution and illegal hunting are some of the factors causing many animals to disappear.

Israel has been blessed with one of the richest varieties of wild animals in the world. Israel is estimated to have 400 species of vertebrates -100 of which are mammal species, 200 are bird species and 95 are reptile species - in addition to 15,000-30,000 species of insects and more. 22 species of vertebrates and 4 other sub­species have become extinct in Israel over the past century. At least 6 other insect species and 15 mollusc species can be added to this number. Many species have disappeared without our having been aware of them.

This information was published in the 1999 SPNI's "Lateva Nolad" (Born to be Wild) report on the status of wild animals in Israel.

Blanford's fox (Vulpes Cana)

Blanford's fox (Vulpes Cana) is a small and timid fox which lives in the steep
rocky regions of the desert. It was first discovered in Israel in 1982 at Ein Gedi. The distribution of the Blanford's fox extends from the east of Israel all the way to Afghanistan and south to Oman. It is active at night, feeding
mainly on insects and fruits that it finds in wadis and deep canyons. Towards sunrise it returns to the lair where it spends the hot hours of the day. Even though Blanford's fox is not an endangered species, it is a rare one. Preservation of the cliffs that stretches the length of the Arava and Judean Desert as well as of the desert areas will ensure its continued existence into the future.

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI)

The participants in this philatelic project include: the Israel Philatelic Service, the WWF International Gland / Switzerland (World Wide Fund For Nature), and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI).

The Panda device and WWF initials on stamp "© 1986 copyright WWF" are reproduced with the authorization of WWF, registered trademark owner.

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Endangered Species (WWF) - Blanford's Fox (Vulpes Cana)