A miracle that was recognised last July when UNESCO awarded the “cradle of humankind” the status of World Heritage Site.
A miracle that, like many successes, has many fathers. But one true mastermind: Azzam Alwash (photo on left).
He will hate you if you call him that (or simply cover you with one of his long, irresistible laughs), but the truth is that he’s not a “Monuments Man”, he’s a conservation superhero.
This is (part of) his story.
This has changed the natural geography of the place: the vegetation has changed, goats and wild boars have returned in numbers, and with the prey you get the predator, such as the Persian leopard. The mines have recreated an habitat that was probably there before humans appeared in the area. It’s a sad lesson that conservationists learn: take out the humans and nature thrives [laughs].
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