What’s all the fuss about?
The hill, which is called “Gazelle Hill” by the locals, links the natural areas of Ramat Hanadiv with Alona Forest and Mt. Hurshan, and allows gazelles to move freely throughout this area, reproduce, and maintain a viable, resilient population. A tourist development plan, “The Wine Park”, included a narrow strip as a wildlife corridor, but did not consider a suitable width for the gazelles’ movement.
There was a concern regarding significant erosion of the gazelles’ habitat, which is already limited, and an irreversible impact on the ability of gazelles and other animals to move freely, thus putting their future existence in the region in jeopardy. A research study conducted in 2012 by the Dutch company, Alterra, proved that animals (e.g., gazelles, foxes and badgers) that cannot move between different populations – are expected to disappear from our region.