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Considering that the vast majority of Egypt is desert, the wealth of wildlife to be found here is nothing short of amazing.
Animals featured strongly in the everyday lives and religion of the people of ancient Egypt and they are often depicted in their art and hieroglyphic forms. Many Ancient Egyptian gods were given animal or animal-headed form. Some animals such as such as cats, ibises, bulls and even crocodiles were considered sacred animals, and were nurtured in the temple enclosures.
Ancient Egypt had plenty of dangerous creatures such as crocodiles, snakes and scorpions, and some of these are still found today, although crocodiles are only found south of the Aswan Dam.
Domestic animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and poultry have been kept since ancient Egyptian times both for agriculture and transport. The sight of oxen, horses and donkeys being used for transport even in the cities like Luxor is one of the mosts appealing features of Egypt today.
Ancient Egyptians also admired the beauty or character of some animals and would keep them as pets - not only cats and dogs, but also (if they were wealthy enough) monkeys and gazelles. They also kept 'exotic animals' such as giraffes.
The American University in Cairo Press has produced a lavishly illustrated book of photographs and paintings revealing Egypt's spectacular wilderness areas together with the cultures of the diverse groups of indigenous people scattered throughout the land. "Egypt's Wilderness" covers Egypt's 24 protected areas and shows the unrelenting efforts of the Egyptian government to conserve their natural and cultural heritage.
A practical and comprehensive field guide of every mammal species recorded in modern Egypt. Descriptions and identification features, status, habitat and habits of each mammal species, and their differentiating features.
Reptiles and amphibians are Egypt's great survivors. They flourish in almost every habitat - homes, fields and desert and shore. Here is systematic, concise information (albeit in hardback format), to aid identification and study of 110 species, including tortoises and turtles, lizards, snakes, and crocodiles, with maps and colour illustrations. Conservation is also addressed. more about Egypt's reptiles and amphibians
Illustrated with pencil-drawings of Egypt's wildlife, Richard Hoath (a leading naturalist in Egypt) has produced an interestingly anecdotal and informative book based on his field observations.
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Mikhail shows how, by manipulating natural resources, Egyptian peasants were able to change the politics of Egypt...
Available for pre-order (378 pages)
A new edition of a very old book - the repoduction may be very difficult to read, as the lack of post-production (not even artefacts introduced by the scanning process have been tidied up) is 'excused' by virtue of the books 'cultural significance'. Buyer beware.
Authoritative 384 page guide, gorgeously illustrated.
Includes detailed information about diving wrecks in the Red Sea.
Both authors are TV presenters as well as divers, and Miranda-Krestovnikoff is a zoologist
Waterproof Fish Species Guide to Reef Fish of the Red Sea
Reef Fishes and Corals of the Red Sea
Coral Reef Guide Red Sea (Coral Reef) ***** by Robert Myers and Ewald Lieske
Reef Fishes and Corals of the Red Sea by Peter Harrison and Alex Misiewicz (2000 and other editions)
Reef Fishes of the Red Sea: A Guide to Identification by Richard Field and Mary Field (1998 and others)
Red Sea Reef Guide by Helmut Debelius
DIVE RED SEA: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE (2007)
by Simon Rogerson and John McIntyre
DIVING THE WORLD (Footprint Activity Guide)
by Beth Tierney and Shaun Tierney (2006)
RED SEA WRECKS - NORTHERN EGYPT: Site-by-site Dive Guide and Logbook Combined (Ring-bound - Sep 2007)
RED SEA SHARKS (In Depth Diver's Guides)
Useful info about sharks and their interactions with divers in the Red Sea - such as which part of the Red Sea coral reefs should you visit for the best chance of seeing a shark - and how likely are you to see one.
(This link also lists "The Red Sea Sharks" -The Adventures of Tintin, by Herge - it's a different perspective!)
The definitive guide to dive-able wrecks of the Red Sea - not only for divers! The 2010 newly revised edition explores nineteen of the most important and diveable shipwrecks. An illustrated chapter on each of 19 wrecks, 18 minor wrecks and a list of more than 250 sunken ships in the area. For each ship there are details of the history, spec and the highly readable story of the wreck recounted by Ned Middleton. Any one who enjoys tale of adventure or sea stories will be engrossed, not only divers.
Quality writing. Lavishly illustrated with 23 paintings by marine-artist Rico Oldfield, 34 historic photographs and 125 original colour photographs - plus 3 charts.
The first edition was the Underwater Publication of the Year in 2007.
Shipwrecks From The Egyptian Red Sea is recommended by Diver magazine, as well as many reviewers on Amazon.
A detailed and colorful photographic guide to the surprisingly diverse and colourful vegetation of the Wadi El Gemal National Park in Egypt's Eastern Desert - with a special section of information for visitors.
This new guide has been compiled by a park ranger who began interviewing the local community about how they use the plants for food, healing, animal fodder, and fuel after he realised that, although the desert dwellers still have a close relationship with the plant life in their habitat, their world is changing fast.
Tamer Mahmoud's survey, identifying and documenting the indigenous plants is comprehensive, providing the location, distribution, uses and ecology of each plant. Scientific (Latin) plant names are given, together with the plant's common names in both Arabic and English, a glossary, bibliography and distribution maps.
Irina Springuel is an ecologist who has gardened in Egypt for decades. She demonstrates how to garden in Egypt using indigenous species - including where to source plants and how to water them most effectively. She explains how the ancient Egyptians used each plant as medicine - and how they are used today. It's all backed up with enough ecological and historical information to make this both an interesting read and a practical guide for creating private gardens or
Archaeologists have learned a lot about ancient Egyptian gardens from tomb paintings, ancient writings and archaeological investigating excavated pollen, seeds and roots, and about which plants were cultivated in gardens, groves and orchards and what growing wild in the fields, lakes and canals.
Penelope Hobhouse's Gardening Through the Ages: An Illustrated History of Plants and Their Influence on Garden Styles-From Ancient Egypt to the Present An Ancient Egyptian Herbal The Garden: an Illustrated History from Ancient Egypt to the Present Day, by Julia S. Berrall Gardens of the Hesperides: A book on old and new plants for Egypt and similar climes, by Warda H Bircher A Key to Egyptian Grasses (1991)
A MANUAL OF EGYPTIAN FARM CROPS AND VEGETABLES by G. Bonaparte (2007) PLANTS CULTIVATED IN EGYPT, Bulletin of Alexandria Horticultural Society FABA BEAN IN THE NILE VALLEY: Report on the First Phase of the Icarda / Ifad Nile Valley Project 1979-82 (1983) POLITICAL VEGETABLES? Businessman and Bureaucrat in the Development of Egyptian Agriculture by Yahya M. Sadowski THE 2007 IMPORT AND EXPORT MARKET for Dried, Dehydrated and, Evaporated Vegetables in Egypt by Philip M. Parker
The American University in Cairo Press has produced a lavishly illustrated book of photographs and paintings revealing Egypt's spectacular wilderness areas together with the cultures of the diverse groups of indigenous people scattered throughout the land. "Egypt's Wilderness" covers Egypt's twenty four protected areas and shows the unrelenting efforts of the Egyptian government to conserve their natural and cultural heritage.
EGYPT ECOLOGY & NATURE PROTECTION LAWS AND REGULATION HANDBOOK (World Law Business Library) by USA International Business Publications EGYPT ECOLOGY & NATURE PROTECTION HANDBOOK, by Ibp Usa BEDOUINS BY THE LAKE: ENVIRONMENT, CHANGE, AND SUSTAINABILITY IN SOUTHERN EGYPT, by Ahmed Belal, John Briggs, Joanne Sharp, and Irina Springuel