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Dozens of crocodiles stolen from Egypt's Lake Nasser

Spike in poaching causes crocodile population to decline by half in Egypt's largest man-made lake

Ahram Online, MENA, Wednesday 25 Sep 2013
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A pet crocodile in a Nubian home in Upper Egypt (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Crocodile numbers in Egypt's largest man-made lake have slumped dramatically due to illegal overfishing and poaching amid the current security vacuum, a nature reserve official has said.

Studies show crocodile numbers in Lake Nasser have dropped by half over the past few years, Mohamed Ezzat of the Nature Reserve Authority in Upper Egypt said.

Large crocodiles are captured because their skin fetches very high prices, Ezzat said.

Only 41 crocodiles were found recently in Khor Korosko, part of the lake where crocodiles live, compared to 81 three years ago, he added.

Lake Nasser is a huge reservoir in southern Egypt, created when the Aswan High Dam was built in 1970. It is one of the largest man-made lakes in Africa, and is famous for its varieties of fish, birds, mammals and reptiles.

Fishing in the lake is banned pursuant to the CITES agreement (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) that Egypt recently signed.


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22-10-2013 06:21am
In a country of amazing cultural heritage, it is a shame that it's natural heritage is not given as much respect.
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