Dina Zulfikar

Dina Ezz El-Dine Zulfikar (Egyptian Arabic: دينا ذو الفقار, ‘Dīna Zū al-Fiqār, ‘Dina Zulficar, ‘Dina Zulfakar; born April 22, 1962) is an Egyptian environmentalist, film distributor and animal, wildlife rights activist.[1][2] She is a member of the Animal welfare and rights in the Netherlands.[3][4][5]

Dina Zulfikar
دينا ذو الفقار
Dina Zulfikar by Hatem Moushir.JPG
Zulfikar in 2013
Dina Ezz El-Dine Zulfikar

(1962-04-22) April 22, 1962 (age 60)
OccupationFilm distributor • environmentalist • activist
RelativesAhmed Mourad Bey Zulfikar (Grandfather)
FamilyZulfikar family

Early life and educationEdit

Dina Zulfikar was born in 1962 in Zamalek district of Cairo, to Ezz El-Dine Zulfikar, filmmaker, previously a military officer and Kawthar Shafika, actress. She had a great sympathy towards animals in her childhood. Her activism began while she was a student at Cairo University. Zulfikar teamed up with her childhood friend Amina Abaza and together they established SPARE Animal Welfare Society.[6]


Zulfikar graduated from Cairo University in 1983, majoring in Business Administration. She worked in the US Military Cooperation Office in Egypt, and established the Arab Celebrity website. She also owned a film distribution company in Egypt and France, and then devoted herself entirely to animal rights.[7][8] Recently, Dina Zulfikar called for the inclusion of articles in the Egyptian constitution for the welfare of animals and the preservation of wildlife.[9][10][11] She also called for improving the living conditions of animals in zoos and for the application of international standards.[12] She became one of Egypt's most determined and dedicated animal welfare advocates.[13][14][15][16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dina Zulfikar: Egypt's lead animal welfare activist". Egypt Independent. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  2. ^ Hayter-Menzies, Grant (2018-02-01). The Lost War Horses of Cairo: The Passion of Dorothy Brooke. Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1-76063-881-8.
  3. ^ Zuhur, Sherifa (1992-01-01). Revealing Reveiling: Islamist Gender Ideology in Contemporary Egypt. SUNY Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-0927-5.
  4. ^ "دينا ذو الفقار: لا توجد ثقافة لتربية الحيوانات المستأنسة والبرية في مصر". جريدة المال (in Arabic). 2021-10-28. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  5. ^ "ناشطة تتظاهر أمام "الشورى" لوضع مواد لحماية الحيوانات فى الدستور". اليوم السابع (in Arabic). 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  6. ^ Foundry, The Theme. "Zoe: News & Views - Dina Zulfikar at World Animal Day in Egypt". Earth in Transition. Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  7. ^ "Chinese demand for hides threatens Egypt's donkey population - Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East". www.al-monitor.com. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  8. ^ The Conflict between Humans Rights and Animals Rights In Egypt : An Interview with Dina Zulfikar, retrieved 2023-01-29
  9. ^ "Animal rights advocates in Egypt call for laws to be activated. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  10. ^ Hayter-Menzies, Grant (2017-11-01). Dorothy Brooke and the Fight to Save Cairo's Lost War Horses. U of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-1-61234-769-1.
  11. ^ "Trois ans de prison pour avoir tué un chien en Égypte". Les Observateurs - France 24 (in French). 2015-03-13. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  12. ^ "Prominent Egyptian animal rights activist dies in a fire saving her cats - Politics - Egypt". Ahram Online. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  13. ^ "Dina Zulfikar: Egypt's lead animal welfare activist". Egypt Independent. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  14. ^ "Dina Zulfikar Archives". Animals 24-7. Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  15. ^ "A Round with Dina". FilmFreeway. Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  16. ^ "Egyptians fear for historic Giza Zoo as UAE investor steps in". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 2023-01-30.