Wadi Degla Protected Area in Cairo Governorate

14 04 2011

Date of Announcement : 1999
Area : 60 km2
Type : Desert lands protected area
Distance from Cairo : 10 km

Wadi Degla is one of the important valleys which extend from east to west with a length of 30 km. It passes through the limestone rocks that had remained in the marine environment during the Eocene Epoch in the eastern desert ( 60 million years ). Therefore , it is rich with fossils . The height of these rocks alongside the valley is around 50 m. A group of valleys flew into this valley. The valley has a group of animals including mammals like dear , taital , mountain rabits , red fox , feather tailed rat , oviparous , barbed rat, little tailed bat and others. Among the insects there are and many others. 18 species of reptiles have been recorded . The rain water dropping from the waterfalls affected the limestone rocks along the years and formed the so called canyon Degla, which resembles the Grand Canyon in the U.S .

From the website of the Egyptian Ministry of State for Environment Affairs

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