Giza Zoo development project kicks off in a bid to restore WAZA membership
Rare gazelle born at Giza Zoo - Photo courtesy of Giza Zoo facebook page

CAIRO: The Agriculture Ministry plans to renovate the Giza Zoo in a bid to join the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), Youm7 reported Friday.

According to official source at the ministry’s General Authority for Veterinary Services, the plan of the development of the zoo relies on reducing the accumulation of animals in the park and improving their health conditions and food according to international standards approved by WAZA.

The plan also includes comprehensive redesigning of the layout of the 80-acre facility, in addition to maintenance work at animals’ cages and raising the efficiency of roads within the zoo, according to the source.

Built and inaugurated in March 1891 by Khedive Ismail, Giza Zoo is home to several endangered species, as well as a selection of endemic fauna. According to the Giza Zoo website, it houses plants and trees imported from India, Latin America and Africa in addition to over 180 birds and 80 animals including the first California sea lion which was successfully bred in the zoo in 2002.

In 2004, the zoo lost its membership with WAZA over animal welfare issues.

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