We were thrilled to learn of the Edge Initiative but disappointed it did not cover reptiles.
We have an existing project for Egyptian Tortoise (previously had ZSL support). This species is critically endangered. We would like to extend our activities to Libya where there is a sizeable population. Egyptian Toroise is mainly endangered by collection from the wild for the pet trade. Habitat conservation and local community involvement are also essential.
Other animal in eminent danger is the Grass Loving Lizard (possibly one of the most threatened species in Egypt). Only known from one small habitat in Wadi Naturn in Egypt. This area is rapidly being developed due to urban expansion and land reclaimation...There is another population in Libya but the Egyptian population could be distinct seperate species, more research is needed. We need to collect some individuals from Egypt for a captive breeding program, survey and protect its habitats in Wadi El Naturn, devise a species action plan and conduct DNA tests to determine the status of the species.
We have many other animals (as well as plants) in Egypt that could be edge species such as our gazalles and rodents. We would like to know the process about how to nonimate these species to be Edge Species. Also, would like the Edge program to consider including reptiles, insects and even plants.
All the best,
Mindy Baha El Din
Board Member and Manager
Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE)
Registered Egyptian NGO