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March 12, 2011

Aiding Egypt's Animals

In the absence of tourism, people and animals alike struggle

Humane Society International

  • Sitting idle in Saqqara since the upheaval began. HSI

  • Camels and equines are the backbone of the local tourism industry. HSI

  • HSI's Dr. Abdelrahim visited the Saqqara Pyramids to assess the situation of working animals there. HSI

  • Street dogs are a common sight in and around Saqqara. HSI

  • Street animals have also been affected by recent events in Egypt. HSI 

HSI continues to evaluate the situation for working animals in Cairo, which remains critical due to the lack of tourism in the wake of political and social upheaval. We are ensuring that animals out of work are not being mistreated or neglected, and we have further developed our feeding program to reach out to new locations where animals are still at risk.

Dr. Abdelrahim, HSI's Middle East Manager, recently traveled to the pyramids of Saqqara to do an assessment and discovered more camels and horses in need there.

It appears that anywhere from 800 horses and donkeys and 600 camels service this region, and of these, 80 equines and 70 camels require assistance at this time. We will do a more thorough assessment in the upcoming days.

Out of the way, but not forgotten

The Giza pyramids are most popular with tourists, while Saqqara follows. Locals in Saqqara state that they have not had tourists in the area since late January, leaving many with little income or therefore ability to properly care for their animals. HSI is now focusing on this region, and is working with five community stakeholders to ensure cooperation among the local animal owners with the planned feeding program.