Ramat Hanadiv is the natural habitat of several species of mammals, fowl, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Intensive nature conservation efforts at Ramat Hanadiv have made it possible for a wide variety of wildlife species to coexist in a relatively small area.
Notable among the mammals are the wild boar and the Savi’s pygmy shrew, respectively the largest and smallest mammals in Israel. Of the larger mammals, mountain gazelle (a population of about 70), roe deer (which were brought to Ramat Hanadiv as part of a project to return this species to nature), jackals and foxes can also be found. We can also observe a variety of small mammals, such as European hares, porcupines and species from the order Rodentia (including broad-toothed field mice, Apodemos flavicollis argyropuloi and Tristram’s jirds). Hyraxes gather in groups and can be found primarily on Ramat Hanadiv’s western cliffs.
These cliffs are an ideal observation point for watching migrating birds in spring and autumn. A wide variety of bird populations can also be observed in the Nature Park.
Most notable among the songbirds are Sardinian warblers, blackbirds, Palestine sunbirds and goldfinches. Representing the raptors in the area are mainly long-legged buzzards and Eurasian buzzards (in migration), eagles and lanner falcons. Nocturnal raptors include eagle owls, little owls, scops owls and long-eared owls.
Numerous species of reptiles inhabit Ramat Hanadiv, including at least 14 species of snakes (the most common are the Palestinian viper, Syrian black-snake and Montpellier snake), as well as other reptile species, such as scheltopusiks, lidless skinks, bridled skinks, common chameleons, starred lizards, geckos and Greek tortoises.
The population of amphibians will be refurbished around the winter pool created in one of Ramat Hanadiv’s cyprus groves.