WILDLIFE

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Enrichment programs Giza Zoo - Volunteers enrichment programs resumed 2016

 

Further to Notification to the Parties No. 2014/004, the CITES Secretariat is pleased to make available today the logo created to celebrate the first World Wildlife Day (3 March 2014) as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. We welcome all countries, organizations and all interested individuals to make use of the logo in their celebration of the first World Wildlife Day.

Egypt held the celebration of the first World Wildlife Day, on the 3rd of March, 2014 at the Greater Cairo Library located in Zamalek.  The event was arranged and organized by public sector, individuals who cared about Wildlife and attened by various governmental officials, Egyptian Customs Authority, Egyptian Environmental Protection Agency, Arab League, CITES and Widlife Authority of Egypt and prolific pioneers Dr. Moustafa Fouda, Gabriel Mikhail and many many many.

Two booths were set for the Global March for Lions Campaign, and Whales and Dolphins Protection.

إحتفالا باليوم العالمي الأول للأحياء البرية (3 مارس 2014) قررت امانة سايتس إقامه مؤتمر بهذا اليوم على شكل

- محاضرات توعيه من الساعه 05:00 مساء الى الساعه 08:00 مساء "جدول المحاضرات و المحاضرين و الموضوعات بالايفنت).

-و اقامه معرض و اكشاك للتوعيه بالتعاون مع المنظمات الحكوميه و منظمات المجتمع المجنى و الافراد كالات...ى:

-كشك (1): تحية لرواد
الدكتور القصاص – مسئول : الدكتور ياسر عادل حنفى عثمان
الدكتور حامد جوهر- بحاجة الى شخص مسؤول للمساعدة مع دينا
حامي البيئية ميندي بهاء الدين - بحاجة الى شخص مسؤول للمساعدة مع دينا

- كشك (2): الحفاظ على الطبيعة مصر
المسؤول: واتر البحرى

- كشك (3): فريق انقاذ السلاحف باى ديف تريب – د/عبد الرحمن المكاوي مدرس مساعد بكليه طب الفم و الاسنان, مدرب مدربين غوص ترفيهى, مدرب غوص تقنى , بالتعاون مع د/محمد إسماعيل معيدبكلية العلوم قسم علوم بحار - بورسعيد

-كشك (4): ايجبت جيوجرافكس - معرض صور الحياة البرية
المسؤول واتر البحرى, أحمد وحيد، شبلي ابو داوود
- مسابقات و العاب للاطفال

-كشك (5): Global March for Lions
المسؤول: دينا ذو الفقار

- كشك (6): ضد صيد الدلافين و الحيتان في تاي تشي (اليابان) وجزر فارو (الدنمارك)
المسؤول: ندى احمد

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- بالإشارة الي قرار الدول الأطراف رقم 004 / 2014، أطلقت أمانة السايتس الشعار الذي تم تصميمه للأحتفال باليوم والذي تم الإعلان عنه في إجتماع الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة، وترحب أمانة السايتس بإستخدام هذا الشعار من جانب الدول والمنظمات والأفراد والمهتمين في إحتفالاتهم باليوم العالمي الأول للأحياء البرية (3 مارس 2014)


Booth (1): Tribute to Pioneers
Dr. Kassas – in charge Dr. Yasser Adel Hanafy Osman
Dr. Hamed Gohar– need someone in charge to help with Dina
Environmental Advocate Mindy Baha El Din – need someone in charge to help with Dina

Booth (2): Nature Conservation Egypt
In charge: Watter ElBahry

Booth (3): I-Dive Triber – turtle rescue Team – Dr. Abd El Rahman El Mekkawi And
Dr. Mohamed Ismail - Faculty of Science – Port Said – Marine Department – turtle rescue

Booth (4): Egypt Geographic – Wildlife Photo Exhibition
In charge: Watter ElBahry, Ahmed Waheed, Shibley Abuhoud


Booth (5): Global March for Lions
In charge: Dina Zulfikar


Booth (6): Against Dolphin & Whale Hunt in Taiji (Japan) and Faroe Islands (Denmark)
In charge: Nada K. Ahmed


جزيل الشكر و التقدير لدكتور ياسر مصطفي عثمان - مدير مكتبة القاهرة الكبري علي اقامة الاحتفالية في مكتبة القاهرة الكبري ايمانا بدور الكمتبة ووزارة الثقافة بنشر الوعي باهمية الحفاظ علي الحياة البرية و دور مصر في المحافل العالمية و الاتفاقيات الدولية. Appreciation respect and thanks to Director of the Greater Cairo Library, dr. Yaser Osman for holding such important event at the Library - raising awareness and education to public about importance of wildlife protection and international conventions has come to be a must

جزيل الشكر لـ الإدارة المركزية للتعاون الدولي - الجمارك المصرية للمساعدة برفع مستوى التوعية عن الحدث. https://www.facebook.com/pages/الإدارة-المركزية-للتعاون-الدولي-الجمارك-المصرية/240174106155801

Further to Notification to the Parties No. 2014/004, the CITES Secretariat is pleased to make available today the logo created to celebrate the first World Wildlife Day (3 March 2014) as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. We welcome all countries, organizations and all interested individuals to make use of the logo in their celebration of the first World Wildlife Day.

We'd like to thank Egyptian Customs Authority for .raising awareness and focus on this event https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%B2%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%84%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%83-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%
A9/240174106155801

أسماء بعض المنسقين: دينا ذوالفقار 01223476670 - واتر البحري 01222560085 - د عبد الرحمن المكاوي 01005291203 - دكتور ياسر عادل حنفي عثمان - 01001266350 -

event page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/794712053877659/

.  RESCUE SUCCESS STORY OF MASRYA - INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION 

http://www.facebook.com/SPOTS.STRIPES.CONSERVATION?temp-new-window-replacement=true 

http://www.facebook.com/SPOTS.STRIPES.CONSERVATION

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Landgoed-Hoenderdaell/243133395717305

http://www.the-tigerman.nl/

http://www.facebook.com/groups/15374482042/?fref=ts


 Links:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-for-Animals/152547194813334?fref=ts&temp-new-window-replacement=true

http://www.occupyforanimals.org/masryas-story.html

http://www.facebook.com/groups/15374482042/?fref=ts

http://www.facebook.com/dina.zulfikar.5/posts/554197084599430?notif_t=like


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151234855371292

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Abpz4Ucih70#at=83

http://www.rtvnh.nl/nieuws/97949/Nieuwe+aanwinst+voor+Landgoed+Hoenderdaell#.UR59VkQMPVI.facebook

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=518329711552891


 SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS:  

CHIMPS INTEGRATION:

 

Successful Campaign Resulting in :  No More Chimps in Solitary Confinement in Egyptian Governmental Zoos , Better Conditions for the Elephants.  17 September - 4 October 2011 - Integration of Chimps by:  Hilda Tresz, Mandate of Jane Goodall Institute and Phoenix Zoo, Arizona.

https://picasaweb.google.com/104836325956831831194/Hildaintegratinggizazoochimps?authkey=Gv1sRgCNeNuP38u8Xy3gE&feat=email#

See pictures of the 3 Chimps Groups formed.  group 1, group 2, in Giza Zoo, and group 3 in Alexandria Zoo.

Summary:  . 

.  Integration Group 1 :  for the first time the 3 baby chimps Misho, Bobo, Loza were introduced to adult chimps Ingi and Prince, and now we have mother, father and children.  Please visit page integration group 1.
.  Integration Group 2:  Kuku the chimp which was sent to solitary confinement to Fayoum May 2010 to vacant space for the Orangutans is back to Giza Zoo to be grouped with Mouza, the tumor chimp who was also held in solitary confinement since March 2010.  Please visit page integration group 2.
 .  Integration Group 3:  Oscar and Fatouta which were sent to Alex Zoo, are now  grouped with the single chimp in Alex zoo Meshmesh, forming a bachelor group.  This took place from 28 Sept to 4th of October 2011  Please visit page integration group 3.
.  A sign would be made outside the enclosure of Kuku and Mouza stating the meaning of:  chimps are just like humans, this chimp Mouza had benign tumor and is being treated, she should see the light and be displayed and have a mate, a chimp, as chimps live in groups.
.  The Elephants:  it was agreed to implement the following:  bringing one meter sand in all elephant enclosures, walking them, taking them to bath in the lake, food hang up in a puzzle way and not in the floors and from keeper to the elephants trunk!  Many substrates!!!!

Families and groups are being made successfully thanks to Hilda Tresz and Zoo
Management and Staff.
Complete recommendations were agreed on for the elephants at Central Zoos.
Orangutans enclosure will be completely finished within 3 days from today.

Presentations and workshops subject: Basic Husbandry and behavioral enrichment
was held at the Cairo Opera House, Cultural Center on the 26th and 27th of
September, from 6-8pm, and held in Alex Zoo from 28 September to October 4th.. see the substrates, bedding of the chimps, they are now enjoying..

All serious advocates and members of AWAR are invited to attend.
Facilities (licensed) which hold wild animals in captivity are invited to attend
and learn how to improve the conditions of animals in captivity.
All the teams of experts and volunteers who share in the regular awareness
programs would attend.

Thank you to the Egyptian Federation of Animal Welfare for hosting these
workshops in Cairo.

Huge thank you to sincere AWAR members who supported the cause and to ALL ANIMAL PEOPLE on facebook, in Egypt and outside Egypt who supported the cause.. yes, we have
waited long, but have always kept the pressure on, and, finally here we are.

Huge thank you to Chairperson of General Organization of Veterinary Services
Military General and Doctor Osama Selim, for making this happen.

Huge thank you to Director of Central Zoos, Dr. Fatma Tammam, and the management
and staff of Central Zoos for making this happen and for cooperating with Jane
Goodall Institute and Phoenix Zoo Mandate Hilda Tresz.

Dina

 Ahram newspaper Sunday 29 May 2011
Issue #45464
Environmental Section
Page 21
Written by:  Ahmed Mahdy
quick translation by Dina, please try to use google translation on line

EGYPT ACCUSED OF MISTREATING ANIMALS
http://www.ahram.org.eg/Medicine-Science/News/80624.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/photo.php?fbid=230776853602613&set=a.194679583879007.56177.100000109014728&type=1&theater

Stop animal cruelty ‏ ... ‏ and demanding that transfer of Cites Authority and Wildlife Unit to Environment Affairs. Those three demands were raised by the representatives of civil society and Face book activists, Egyptians and foreigners in a peaceful environmental protest in front of the Central Zoos management after the emergence of irregularities detrimental to Egyptian zoos and in some private facilities.

Karl Amman, the Swiss wild animals protection activist, expert, and award winning Times magazine who exposed illegal trafficking of endangered animals in the world said that Egypt is one of the centers of illegal trafficking, some private tourist facilities were found to violate CITES Convention besides some breeding facilities, Karl informed the environmental police and reported some suspects in this illegal trafficking trade, unfortunately these people reported are capable of hiding.
Sarah Fathi tourist guide and an activist  on Face book explains that animal abuse makes Tourists really sad and angry, specially when they see exotic animals drugged and used for photo sessions in touristic villages/facilities , those poor animals seems to be put on drugs and clearly  showing signs of fatigue.

Dina Zulfikar, animal protection activist, coordinator of AWAR group and in charge of wildlife unit of the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends, says  that the illegal trade in endangered flora and fauna in the world is ranked to be the second after drug trade therefore it is  of great importance that the person in charge of  Managerial Authority of Cites to be separated from holding the position of  Central Zoos Director ,  which constitutes a conflict of competences and interests, the central management of zoos core competence display, breed and sell wild animals whilst the Managerial Authority of CITES, competence is application of CITES convention, regulating the trade of endangered species, monitoring and granting permits to facilities that comply to wildlife laws and conventions.  , how can the authority which regulates, evaluates and grant permits be a beneficiary? There were many complaints submitted and posted on Face book by Egyptians and foreigners indicating a situation detrimental to tourism in Egypt, narrow hoops around the neck of animals as opposed to inappropriate or provide appropriate health, environmental or meeting the specific needs of species, basic  requirements including water availability is even missing,  animals are tortured in some of these private facilities, or touristic facilities, said Dina, Al Ain Zoo, AWPR issued a press release on zoo digest,  stating that Giza Zoo or Central Zoos management, took wrong technical decisions concerning the Orangutans which were given as present, endangered animals.  Agreeing to bring new animals (Orangutans) without adequate enclosure or conditions, is a violation, to criteria of zoos, specially that Giza Zoo after being banned internationally from WAZA was once again accepted in the PAAZAB, African Association of Zoos And Aquaria, this came as great news that Egypt was once again a  member in international zoos associations however, violating PAAZAB standard was clear as the conditions for boarding and the prejudice to the criteria for zoos and compromising standards of zoos which Giza zoo finally were welcomed to join international y the decision of accepting in the Orangutans was a wrong technical decision, and the capacity of the Giza Zoo facility is limited, this also caused a strain on budget originally specified, the wrong decision resulted in another violation of PAAZAB standard, 3 chimps had to be sent to Fayoum Zoo (one single) and two to Alex Zoo, all in non complying conditions.  It has been almost a year, those animals are not kept in the right appropriate enclosure, and the zoo should play its role as conservation and should comply with standards.

 

CAMPAIGN TO STOP MR. ISSAWI FROM FIGHTING A LION TO DEATH

Wednesday 25th of May, Al Yawm Al Sabeigh newspaper and website published news about a man who intends to fight a lion -he brought for over 20000LE - to death, claiming this would encourage tourism in Egypt.  The reporter claimed that Mr. Issawi applied for permission fo make this performance at the Pyramids area.

Campaigns started immediately on facebook groups - in parallel ESAF wildlife Unit communicated directly with authorities involved.

Update 30 May 2011

 Update : the case of the Lion and Mr. Essawi -Regarding the Lion Fight –
ESAF (Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) learnt of the problem at 8am on Wednesday 25th of May, immediate direct contacts were made with authorities involved, Managerial Authority of Cites and Environmental Police for confiscation, followed by a fax sent to all authorities involved including Chairperson of GOVS. (See attached). Follow up was made and we kept in direct contact with authorities. Tomorrow 29 May 2011, Managerial Authority of CITES would hold a meeting to implement immediate confiscation and legal procedures for this case. We will keep on providing updates.
Believing in our role in raising awareness ESAF's wildlife unit published on facebook groups the update, the legislations, and the direct contacts of authorities. We encouraged all those who care to act positive by also contacting the authorities and explaining how appalled they are. We asked all to demand immediate confiscation and enforcement of national legislations, law 9, year 2009.
Quick translation of the fax sent: (attached) Demanded interrogating the person, as he should be charge for intention of committing crime, illegal possession of the lion, immediate decline of the request this man submitted to Ministry of Interior, drastic effect of this news on tourism and in general Egypt's reputation.
Currently ESAF's wildlife unit has established direct communication with Egyptian Authorities and stakeholders including governmental General Organization of Veterinary Services, Cites Wildlife Unit, and Central Zoos as it act as the official recognized rescue center, The EEAA, Egyptian Environmental Protection Agency, and Environmental Police, to discuss current status and proposed strategy.
An MOU has been signed with the Head of General Organization of Veterinary Services and Central Zoos Director who also happens to be in charge of Managerial Authority of Cites and Wildlife Unit in Egypt. (please see attached Arabic and English translation draft)
Discussions and meetings in length are taking place.
Dina Zulfikar
Wildlife Unit - ESAF

 

Action of great Animal People on facebook - all acted positive and contacted the authorities.

Stop Al-Sayed al-Essawy from killing the lion to revive Tourism in Egypt
thanks to Mrs Dina Zulfikar
Update about the case of Lion and Mr. Essawi's case
Update : the case of the Lion and Mr. Essawi -Regarding the Lion Fight – ESAF (Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) learnt of the problem at 8am on Wednesday 25th of May, immediate direct contacts were made with authorities involved, Managerial Authority o...f Cites and Environmental Police for confiscation, followed by a fax sent to all authorities involved including Chairperson of GOVS. (See attached). Follow up was made and we kept in direct contact with authorities. Tomorrow 29 May 2011, Managerial Authority of CITES would hold a meeting to implement immediate confiscation and legal procedures for this case. We will keep on providing updates. Believing in our role in raising awareness ESAF's wildlife unit published on facebook groups the update, the legislations, and the direct contacts of authorities. We encouraged all those who care to act positive by also contacting the authorities and explaining how appalled they are. We asked all to demand immediate confiscation and enforcement of national legislations, law 9, year 2009. Quick translation of the fax sent: (attached) Demanded interrogating the person, as he should be charge for intention of committing crime, illegal possession of the lion, immediate decline of the request this man submitted to Ministry of Interior, drastic effect of this news on tourism and in general Egypt's reputation. Currently ESAF's wildlife unit has established direct communication with Egyptian Authorities and stakeholders including governmental General Organization of Veterinary Services, Cites Wildlife Unit, and Central Zoos as it act as the official recognized rescue center, The EEAA, Egyptian Environmental Protection Agency, and Environmental Police, to discuss current status and proposed strategy. An MOU has been signed with the Head of General Organization of Veterinary Services and Central Zoos Director who also happens to be in charge of Managerial Authority of Cites and Wildlife Unit in Egypt. (please see attached Arabic and English translation draft) Discussions and meetings in length are taking place.   Sincerely Dina Zulfikar Wildlife Unit - ESAF See More
By: Dina Zulfikar

links: http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection#!/notes/rasha-el-ezaby/a-guy-pledges-to-fight-a-lion-to-death-to-attract-tourists-in-egypt/10150265581636206

 

 related links:

.  As a preliminary step towards Giza Zoo regaining admittance to WAZA, Giza has applied for membership in the regional African Association of Zoological Gardens and Aquaria (PAAZAB), itself a member of WAZA. If that bid is successful, they can then formally reapply to WAZA.

source:  http://www.masress.com/en/dailynews/113988

.  PAAZAB statement June 2010

source:  http://www.waza.org/files/webcontent/1.public_site/5.conservation/code_of_ethics_and_animal_welfare/Statement_Need%20of%20Help.pdf

. Background:  Why Giza Zoo was suspended from WAZA 2004

source:  http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/0/50829/Egypt/0/PHOTO-GALLERY-Egypts-Giza-Zoo-empty-on-Eid,-strewn.aspx

.  Why suspended in 2004, as explained officially by Zoologist Saleh Ghoneim, board trustee, and Peter Dollinger; executive director of the Switzerland-based WAZA,

source:  http://www.egyptmad.com/forums/lofiversion/index.php?t809.html