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Wadi el Gamal protected area near Hamata in Egypt is a national park that covers an area of 60 km including the Wadi Gemal islands, red sea coast, coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangroves. The area has more than 450 species of corals and here over 1200 species of fishes can be found. The protectorate is where you can still find ibex and gazelles. The sea grass beds seem to be the habitat where you can find many engendered animals like Dugong, Dugong dugon, and Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas, which nests on the coast and islands. The area is said to have well known to the pharaohs who based their great wealth on the treasure mined in these mountains. During the Ptolemaic period, elephants which were captured in Africa were brought to the Park that were then used in military campaigns. These land routes were vital, as it was very tough to sail north against the Red Sea’s prevailing winds, and hazardous to navigate its coral reefs and shoals. The traders and travelers of the region left a legacy of unique antiquities, many of which are still being discovered today. The area is inhabited by pastoral people, The Ababda who still maintains their traditional lifestyle.
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