Name: Save Yemen's Flora and Fauna (S.Y.F.F.)
Description: S.Y.F.F. (pronounced Siff)
Save Yemen's Flora & Fauna
Yemen is considered one of the most beautiful countries in the Middle East due to its vast wildlife, moderate temperature, heavy rain falls, and beautiful landscape.
However, we have noticed that like many parts of the world, Yemen is now, more than ever before, under continuous change due to the pressures of development and increased human activity. These pressures have had a direct effect on the ecosystem leading to desertification, the endangerment and extinction of flora and fauna (some of which is unique to Yemen), and natural disasters including floods and landslides.
We as Yemenites and non-Yemenites alike from across the globe are reaching out to humanity in an effort to unite so that we can counteract the actions that have contributed to such phenomena. Through activities such as limitation of human activity, reforestation, proper irrigation, and preservation of wildlife we can make a difference in saving Yemen's flora and fauna!
Below is an excerpt from Encyclopedia of the Nations, which describes the diverse ecosystem of this beautiful nation:
Although vegetation is sparse along the coast, in the highlands and wadis, it is plentiful. Acacia, date palm, and many fruit trees are common. Many varieties of grapes are cultivated. Custard apple, euphorbia, and spurge grow in abundance. Alpine roses, balsam, basil, wild elder, and Judas tree are among the flowers and herbs.
Wild mammals include the baboon, gazelle, leopard, and mountain hare. Scorpions and millipedes are everywhere, but snakes are less common. Many varieties of birds are found, including the bustard, hawk, vulture, raven, parrot, hornbill, honeysucker, and weaver finch. More than 27,000 varieties of insects and over 600 specimens of flowering plants have been collected in Yemen.
There are many ways in which you can help...for example, simply educating others is a good start. Yemen has always been considered Arabia Felix (Yemen al-Sa3eed) since ancient times because of its fertile land, adequate rainfall, and rich flora/fauna. Let's help preserve this treasure.
You don't have to be Yemeni to join and we welcome all new members!
And as Margaret Mead said once, “Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”