Egypt's Ministry of Environment returned eight crocodiles to their natural habitat at Lake Nasser, Aswan - Press Photo
CAIRO - 16 January 2020: Egypt's Ministry of Environment returned eight crocodiles to their natural habitat at Lake Nasser, Aswan in the presence of several biological diversity and wildlife experts, the ministry stated on Wednesday.
Minister of Environment Yasmeen Fouad warned against the illegal trafficking of the wildlife, and advised the citizens to work on protecting the country's natural biological diversity.
The crocodiles were medically checked before being returned to the lake, and were proved to be able to continue living safely in their natural habitat.According to the ministry, the crocodiles were spotted last week by an inspection campaign near Haram neighborhood, as a pets shop was trying to sell them publicly.
The inspection campaign resulted in collecting up to 20 wild animals, which are legally prohibited to be sold in public markets, including the eight crocodiles. Five turtles, two golden pigeons, four monkeys, and one eagle were also seized, according to the statement.