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Egypt Saves 65 Endangered Birds, Animals

Egypt Saves 65 Endangered Birds, Animals

Friday, 17 January, 2020 - 11:45
Lions sit in their cage at Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
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The Egyptian authorities managed to rescue 65 endangered birds and animals that were found inside an "unlicensed" farm in the city of Aga (Delta Egypt).

According to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior, the Environment Department at the Dakahlia Security Directorate, in conjunction with the General Administration of Environment Police raided an unlicensed farm that was hiding 65 rare endangered wild birds and animals, along with 25 mummified birds and animals and a large number of reptiles.

This incident is not the first of its kind in Egypt. In September 2018, the security services in Al-Qalyubiyya Governorate (north of Cairo) seized five lions inside a farm located in a residential community in the city of Abu Zaabal. The animals were transferred to Giza Zoo, after several reports from the residents on roar sounds and unpleasant smells coming from the farm.

Many Egyptian non-governmental organizations work in preserving endangered animals in cooperation with government agencies. The Egyptian authorities recently released a rare marine turtle that lives in the Mediterranean Sea after seizing it with a dealer in Cairo before selling it.

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