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Egyptian tortoises

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Egyptian tortoises

Once found in Egypt and Libya, the Egyptian tortoise — one of the smallest tortoises in the world — is now close to extinction in Egypt due to habitat destruction. Although two populations exist in Libya, the species has lost much of its coastline habitat. Today there are about 7,500 Egyptian tortoises remaining in the wild, but populations continue to decline due to hunting for folk medicine and the illegal pet trade. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as critically endangered.