50 years celebrating Ein Gedi Nature Reserve

Ein Gedi nature reserve was declared in 1971 and is one of the most important reserves in Israel. The park is situated on the eastern border of the Judean Desert, on the Dead Sea coast, and covers an area of 14 km2.


50 years since the declaration of Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. 

En Gedi Nature Reserve, in the heart of the Judean Desert, extends along the He’etekim Cliff next to and west of Kibbutz En Gedi, and covers an area of 14,350 dunams. It includes the ravines of the David and Arugot streams (which flow through the reserve all year round), and the lofty cliffs between them. There are four springs in this area, gushing throughout the year, and sustaining a unique oasis.

It is the largest oasis in Israel.  Abiding around the streams and vegetation is a large herd of ibex and this is their main refuge in Israel.  Until the beginning of the 2000's, the reserve also supported a small population of leopards.  There are also many rare plants in the reserve, some of which, mainly arid-tropical plants, are in danger of extinction in Israel.

All the residents, visitors, nature reserve employees, inspectors, wildlife and everything else in the vicinity were so excited at the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the declaration of the Ein Gedi Reserve, even the Ibex showed up to join in the celebrations.
The wildlife and vegetation has been here since 1971 as indeed have the residents of the Kibbutz, who shared their stories of weddings, hiking, discoveries and more at the professional conference  held in the presence of 200 participants in the reserve and the natural values ​​that exist within.  Lectures and a presentation of  fascinating research including a special nostalgic evening with the reserve, its researchers and loved ones over the years, centered on sharing fascinating experiences and stories from past to present.  This reserve is one of the most highly visited in Israel with Israelis and tourists alike visiting the site with families and loved ones on a regular basis and remains one of the best loved spots in the country.

In the photos: Nir Wenger - Head of the Tamar Regional Council, Dead Sea, Shaul Goldstein - Director General of the RTG, Tamar Zandberg - Minister of Environmental Protection, and Dudi Greenbaum - Director of the Ein Gedi Reserve for the past 15 years - whom Nir Wenger honored with a modest gift From the depths of the Dead Sea.
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Long live many more years of wildlife, nature and values!

 

 

 


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