A Protectorate in the City
Maadi Petrified Forest is the remnants of a forest that grew 35 million years ago during a wetter period in Egypt. At the same period, great geological upheavals were taking place and the Red Sea was formed by the separation of the African and Arabian tectonic plates. The wadi is moderately vegetated and among the wildlife is Cape Hare, Lepus capensis, and small rodents like the Cairo Spiny Mouse, Acomys cahirinus. Birds are generally those of the Eastern Desert including Mourning Wheatear, Oenanthe lugens. Among reptiles there is the Pale Agama, Trapelus pallidus.