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Animals in Egypt
Egypt is a country rich in diversity with arid deserts of sculpted sand dunes to the lush Nile River Valley where
Nile crocodile
Nile Crocodiles are starting to make a come back after not being seen for many years. Birds have played an important role in the culture of ancient Egypt especially the Ibis which hasn't been seen for over a hundred years but a very close relative can still be seen, the Amboselli Ibis as well as the Scarlet Ibis. There are about 150 birds, mostly water and song birds that live and breed in the two main zoogeographical regions, Palaearctic and Ethiopian. Lake Bardawil on the northern coast of the Sinai has been a bird watching place for years. There are hundreds of migratory birds that pass through as well as Little Stints, a lot of Flamingos,
Avocet
Avocets and
Sanderling
Sanderlings on the shore.

Egypt has wild animal life that is unique. Of course you can't think of the deserts without thinking of Camels. The Camel has been the choice of transportation for thousands of years. Another animal that can live in the scorching desert is the
sand cat
Sand Cat. It doesn't have to drink water and has protection from the hot sand with fur on the bottom of its paws. Desert foxes live all over Egypt but mostly in the desert areas. They are very cute and make good pets if they are bred in captivity. The desert also has snakes and scorpions. The Saw-Scaled Viper makes a sound like its distant cousin the rattlesnake when its scales slide over the sand and is just as dangerous. The Sand Boa is a useful stake, not poisonous, and helps keep down the rodent population.

Egypt also has the deadly enemy of the snake, the mongoose that can kill even a cobra. One animal, special to Egypt, lives at the base of the mountains is the Hyrax. It looks like a rodent but is actually related to the elephant. Another animal special to Egyptians since ancient times is the cat. There are six main types of
wild cat
wild cats including the Wild Cats which resemble domestic cats, Caracal, mainly in the Eastern Desert, Sand Cat, and Swamp Cat. Cheetah and Panther are in the Western Desert and very rare. The wild canines include the jackal, found almost all over Egypt and the fox of which there are several varieties.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Egypt.
Even-toed ungulates in Egypt
Aoudad
Nubian ibex
Sahara oryx
Arabian oryx
Wild boar
Dorcas gazelle
Idmi
Rhim gazelle
Common hippopotamus
Addax
Common hartebeest
Carnivores in Egypt
Cross fox
Speckle-throated otter
Asiatic jackal
Fennec fox
Mediterranean monk seal
African caracal
Egyptian mongoose
Least weasel
Honey badger
Saharan striped polecat
Striped polecat
Common genet
Jungle cat
Sand cat
African lion
Wild cat
Leopard
Aardwolf
Cheetah
Striped hyaena
Afghan fox
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Egypt
Atlantic dolphin
Chinese white dolphin
Long-beaked dolphin
Rough-toothed dolphin
Bats in Egypt
Naked-rumped tomb bat
Trident bat
Asian barbastelle
Egyptian slit-faced bat
Botta's serotine
Kuhl's pipistrelle
Rüppel's pipistrelle
Lesser horseshoe bat
Geoffroy's horseshoe bat
Lesser mouse-tailed bat
Greater mouse-tailed bat
Egyptian tomb bat
European free-tailed bat
Egyptian free-tailed bat
Hyraxes in Egypt
Rock dassie
Bush hyrax
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Egypt
Cape hare
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Egypt
Primates in Egypt
Hamadryas baboon
Rodents in Egypt
Lesser egyptian jerboa
Greater egyptian jerboa
African grass rat
Sundevall's jird
Libyan jird
Middle east blind mole rat
Short-tailed bandicoot rat
Asian garden dormouse
Fat-tailed gerbil
Shaw's jird
Pleasant gerbil
Anderson's gerbil
Flower's gerbil
Fat sand rat
Lesser egyptian gerbil
Pygmy gerbil
Mackillingin's gerbil
Baluchistan gerbil
Pale gerbil
Bushy-tailed jird
Greater egyptian gerbil
Lesser short-tailed gerbil
Cairo spiny mouse
Golden spiny mouse
Crested porcupine
Four-toed jerboa
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Egypt
Dugong
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