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National Animal

Steppe Eagle

‘May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.”

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Dugongs, sharks, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, seals, sea cows and spectacular coral reefs in the Sinai Peninsula.

Birds:

Vulture, eagles, hawks, buzzards.

Land mammals:

Sand rats, hedgehogs, lions, cheetahs, foxes, wolves, dog, hyrax.

Snakes and insects:

Scorpions, crocodiles, lizards, scarabs, beetles.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

There are no strict laws forbidding cruelty to animals in Egypt. Stray dogs usually are killed in mass slaughtering sessions meant to cleanse the streets of strays.

In the
Countryside

Donkeys are used commonly throughout the country as a means of transport and hauling supplies and are extremely important to some family’s survival. It is a common sight to see donkeys carrying huge loads under the sun along the roads. Camel's are also used for similar purposes and are sold in many marketplaces and small cities. Both are often mistreated and beaten.

Hunting or poaching:

Animals like elephants, rhinoceros, crocodiles and hippopotamus used to live in different parts of Egypt. These animals became extinct due to hunting and poaching in a large scale. Lately, Nile crocodiles poaching has become a regular practice.

Animal fights:

Bull leaping, dog and horse fights are still being practiced.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

ESMA SPARE

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

N/A

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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