Giza Zoo’s animal museum opens for public during Sham El Nessim holiday
Giza zoo prepares for Sham el-Nessim 2015

CAIRO: The Animals Museum at Egypt’s Giza Zoo will open for public during Sham EL Nessim holiday after completion of lengthy renovation work, Rafat Abdullah, head of the Zoo was quoted by Youm7 Saturday.

The museum is the home to several mummified animals, including 555 mammals, 259 reptiles, 115 skulls, 35 skeletons, group of colorful butterflies all dating back to over 100 years ago, said Abdullah.

Inaugurated in August 2015 by former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahalb, the museum is the oldest of its kind in the Middle East, he added.

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.

Additional reporting by Ezz El noby.

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