Category Archives: Protected Areas

Protected Areas of Fayoum,Egypt

Wadi Rayan National Park

 Wadi El Rayan National Park

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Date of Announcement: 1989

Area: 1759 Km2

Located less than two hours away from Cairo, Wadi El Rayan is one of Egypt’s most famous nature reserves. Named after King El Rayan Ibn El Walid who had lived in the area with his army, the nature reserve is part of El Fayoum governorate and located about 75 km away from El Fayoum city.

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Qarun Lake National Park

Fayoum’s Lake Qaroun National Park

Arial view of the Lake

Date of Announcement: 1989

Area: 1385 Km2

Type: Wetlands

is one of Egypt’s richest and most treasured natural landmarks.  Lake Qarun received its protectorate status, not only because of its obvious beauty and importance for birds and people, but also for its unparalleled historical, natural and scientific importance. Continue reading Qarun Lake National Park

The Valley of the Whales ( Wadi Hitan )

The Valley of the Whales

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Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley, , contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, Archaeoceti. These fossils represent one of the major stories of evolution: the emergence of the whale as an ocean-going mammal from a previous life as a land-based animal.

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