Egypt: Carrots and extra care for camels and horses





On Sunday, August 3, ESAF, the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends resumed their feeding program for the Pyramids animals, which they’ve been conducting for several years now.


The animals fed and given vet care during the month of August numbered around 1,600 horses. They went five times a week in August.


Since the program for this year started in February, they’ve fed and cared for 1,943 animals in February; 3,157 in March, 3,211 in April, in May and June, a total of 4,800 animals, in July 110 animals. The total so far in 2014 is 13,381 animals. These are horses, donkeys and camels, normally used to give rides to tourists visiting the Pyramids.


Because of civil unrest in Egypt over the past few years, there’s been a sharp decline in tourism, and, due to lack of revenue, the animals owners haven’t been able to adequately care for them, so ESAF has stepped in to help.


Ahmed El Sherbiny, Chairperson of ESAF, writes that the animals seem tired during August, having had to work longer hours during Ramadan. Despite this, they have generally observed an improvement in the animals’ condition over the course of the year.


They also handed out nose bands, fly masks, and educational brochures, as well as treating the animals’ hooves and teeth.


On May first, they added carrots to their diet, which provides more nutrition and is also a much-appreciated treat.


Tourism is still down, but there are signs of a possible turn for the better.


Soon, they’ll be altering the schedule to do twice weekly feeding for the Pyramids animals, and will be operating clinics two to three times a week to care for animals in the neighborhood near the ESAF shelter, where they have been much missed over the past couple of years during the time that ESAF has focused on the Pyramids area.


ESAF expresses their heartfelt thanks to SPANA, Animal Aid Abroad, Sue Evans and her UK group, and Mr. Richard Gabriel for their generous support of this project.


To visit ESAF’s Facebook page, click here.


 Photo: Courtesy of ESAF

Egypt: Feeding the Pyramids animals

Feeding horses near the Pyramids.
Feeding horses near the Pyramids.



ESAF (the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) continues their program of feeding and treating the Pyramids animals. These are horses, camels, and donkeys who would normally be giving rides to tourists – perhaps not a great life for the animals at the best of times. But during the times of unrest in Egypt, since 2011, when there have been almost no tourists, life has been tough for the owners, who often have no income and no way to care for their animals.


ESAF and other Egyptian animal groups have been stepping in to provide food and veterinary assistance to the animals.


A donkey gets a fly mask and a treat.
A donkey gets a fly mask and a treat.


The camels, donkeys, and horses all need help. The camels tend to fare a bit better in difficult times since they are hardy desert animals, as are the donkeys; so it is especially the horses who need extra feeding and care.


ESAF has expanded their work to more areas to reach more animals. The total number of animals fed and treated from February 1 through April 30 was 8,311.


A horse being fitted with a fly mask.
A horse being fitted with a fly mask.


The working animals need on-going vet care – attention to their hooves and teeth, and care for wounds caused by saddles and by wire nose bands. The ESAF vets care for the horses and donkeys, fitting them with fly masks to keep the flies away and with soft nose bands to replace the wire ones.


Beginning May 1, they added carrots and clover to give the animals more nutrition – which is a tasty treat too, welcomed by the animals.


A vet examining a horse.
A vet examining a horse.


Ahmed El Sherbiny, Chairperson of ESAF, EFAW, and MENAW writes, “The tourism business is still almost nonexistent, but we hope it will be improved after the presidential election, May 26-27, and the parliament election too by the end of August… Many thanks to SPANA, Animal Aid Abroad, Sue Evans and her UK group, and Mr. Richard Gabriel for their generous contributions to support this important project.”


Thanks to ESAF for faithfully feeding and giving vet care to the Pyramids animals.


Photos: Courtesy of ESAF


To visit ESAF’s facebook page, click here



Egypt: Care for animals at the Pyramids


ESAF (Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) held a Pyramids Clinic on Wednesday, January 8 and Saturday January 11, 2014, to provide food and vet care to the Pyramids animals. The horses, donkeys, and camels are used to give rides to tourists, but during times when tourists are few, their owners suffer economic hardship, and the animals need extra help.




ESAF provided fresh greens to the animals, as well as soft nosebands (to replace wire ones), and gave out educational brochures to the owners to improve the care of the animals. The vets treated any injuries and cared for the horses’ hooves and teeth. Around 90 animals were fed and cared for.


Ahmed El Sherbiny thanks Sue Evans for her sponsorship of the Pyramids Clinics.


To visit ESAF’s Facebook page, click here.


Photos: Courtesy of ESAF



Egypt: ESAF’s Pyramids Project has helped 6,000 animals

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The program for horses and camels who work at the Pyramids, giving rides to tourists, has provided feeding and vet care to over 6,000 animals since this past July.

This is one of a series of such programs carried out by ESAF and other Egyptian animal groups, over a number of years, for the working animals at the Pyramids. This most recent special project has come to a successful close. Their ongoing, regular work with the Pyramids animals will continue.

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The periodic unrest in Egypt has caused great hardship for the animals because, when there are few tourists, there is no income for the animal owners, who then have difficulty providing food and vet care to their animals. ESAF’s programs are a great help to them, and they will be continuing twice-weekly clinics in the Pyramids area, as well as their usual work in the area around ESAF’s shelter.

Ahmed El Sherbiny, ESAF Chairperson, writes that there was a slight increase in the number of tourists during the month of November, and a consequent decrease in the numbers of animals needing special feeding. He wrote, “We have also noticed a slight improvement in the animals overall condition.”

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Any improvement at all is really wonderful news, and, for the sake of the animals, it is to be hoped that there will be peace and stability in Egypt, so that more tourists will return. While working animals do not ever lead ideal lives, good food and vet care can make a huge difference to their well-being.  ESAF also conducts ongoing educational programs with the owners to encourage kind treatment of the animals, with good, practical solutions, like replacing wire bridles with soft nose pads.

Ahmed El Sherbiny expressed his heartfelt thanks to the people and organizations that made possible this latest Pyramids Project: Animal Aid Abroad, Wereld Asielen, Sue Evans and her UK group, Richard Gabriel, and Humane Society International (HSI).


The total number of animals treated and fed during the month of November was 1,002 horses and 379 camels.

During the course of the project, which ran from July 10 through the end of November, the total number of animals fed and treated was 5,471 horses and 663 camels.

Thanks to ESAF and their generous sponsors for doing so much to make the lives of the Pyramids animals easier and more comfortable.

To go to ESAF’s Facebook page, click here

Photos: Courtesy of ESAF

EGYPT: ESAF’s Pyramids Project still going!


A horse gets a fly mask and a soft noseband.



Despite the recent turmoil in Egypt, including the absence of tourists who would normally provide support for the working animals at the Pyramids, ESAF (Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) continues their feeding and vet care program for these animals.


ESAF’s program to help the Pyramids animals has been ongoing for several years, with a few interruptions, caused only by a lack of funding.


Lunch for horses


From September 1 through September 15, the Pyramids Project fed and treated 2,612 horses and 316 camels.


Since the program was able to start up again this past July, over 4,500 horses and camels have received feeding and vet care.


The animals are growing stronger and are in better shape now thanks to the extra vitamins and minerals they are getting, along with bran added to their food.


Lining up for food


For working horses and camels, who can suffer injuries and extra wear and tear, nosebands, fly masks, and special saddle wound pads called “doughnuts” help them to live lives free of pain. ESAF vets paid special attention to their teeth and hooves.  Brochures were handed out to raise awareness of horse and camel care. For the animals who were unwell, medical cards were issued for follow-up vet care and extra feeding.


September 15 marks the end of Phase One of the Project. September 15 through the end of September was financed by funds remaining from the previous project. Phase Two will begin on October 1.


The Pyramids Project is being generously supported by SPANA, Animal Aid Abroad, HSI, Wereld Asielen, Sue Evans and her UK group, who have sponsored the continuation of the project for an extra month.


To visit the Facebook page of ESAF, click here.


Photos:  Courtesy of ESAF



ESAF vets provide care for 107 Pyramids horses and camels

A boy with one of the Pyramids horses.


In June, ESAF conducted 7 separate mobile clinics at the pyramids area – providing shots for internal and external parasites and treating all kinds of common injuries and diseases for the working horses and camels. The clinics also provided feeding for the most urgent cases.

One of the vets feeding a carriage horse.

The animal owners have always been so grateful to see us back in the area, especially the camel owners who have nobody else to rely on. Now they can’t feel they are left alone in the middle of the crisis, and there is someone to take care of them and their animals.

Camels having dinner.

This month some of our vets experienced the work at the Pyramids area for the first time. Some volunteers and trainee vets also enjoyed being part of such an inspiring experience, and, of course, owners volunteered to work as vet assistants at times, grateful for the help and the awareness tips they were given.

A horse is given a shot.

ESAF has always been committed to the working animals at the Pyramids, and we are doing our best to continue the long term project for the area.

A young boy with one of his family’s camels.

Total number of animals treated in June:  72 Horses and 35 Camels.

A horse gets a shot.

Total number of animals fed in June:  40 Horses and 17 Camels.

Also a big thank you to Aida at Digla Animal Rescue for her donation of the nose bands for the working animals.  These soft nosebands replace the uncomfortable wires previously in use.

Very special thanks to all our donors and to ESAF vets Dr. Moh A Al Hay, Dr. Moh Ossama, Dr. Marwa Rabah and Dr. Moh Gomaily for their hard work and dedication to helping the Pyramids camels and horses.

Photos: Courtesy of ESAF

Egypt: A New Zealand team lends a hand and ESAF celebrates 10 years!

The Egyptian Society of Animal Friends (ESAF) is hosting the Kiwi Care Team from New Zealand; fifteen vets, farriers, and equine dentists who are doing a terrific job, fixing up teeth, hooves, and patching up injuries for the Pyramids animals.

ESAF just held a big celebration to mark their tenth anniversary. Congratulations to them for all they’ve accomplished and for all their dedicated work for the animals!

Over the past year, throughout all the challenges of the Arab Spring, they’ve done a magnificent job overcoming hurdles to continue to provide food and vet care to the many horses, camels, and donkeys who generally give rides to tourists, but who’ve had a difficult few months because of the lack of tourists during these unsettled times. The equine owners have been thankful for all the help given to their animals.

Robert Blumberg, who had a hand in founding ESAF, offered a special tribute that closed with these words:

“There are many animals that neither you nor I will ever see but whose lives have been improved by ESAF’s actions. While there is still much to be done, have faith that you are doing the right things!”

Happy 10th Birthday ESAF!

For the Facebook page of the Kiwi Care Club, click here.

For the Facebook page of ESAF, click here.

Photo: Courtesy of ESAF / One of the Kiwi Care Team treating a pyramids horse brought by his owner