Egypt’s Giza Zoo will soon undergo renovation

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Jul 2023

Egypt’s Giza Zoo, and Orman botanical garden, are officially closed for renovation starting the 9th of July, according to a statement by the media adviser for the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Ahmed Ibrahim, on Sunday.

Giza Zoo
The completion of handover procedures for Giza Zoo and Orman Garden to undergo renovation. (Photo Courtesy of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation)

Ibrahim revealed that a committee from the Ministry of Military Production has taken over both parks to begin renovating them.

In December last year, the CEO of the National Military Production Company for Projects, Maged El-Serty, announced the plans to renovate Giza Zoo and Orman Garden in remarks to TV presenter Lamees El-Hadidi.

El-Serty mentioned that renovating the zoo will take up to 18 months. 

The Giza Zoo is the third oldest zoo worldwide and the oldest in Africa. It was built by Khedive Ismail (1830-1895), the ruler of Egypt at the time, and was opened in 1891.

According to the statement of the media office of the ministry of agriculture on Sunday, the renovation of the Giza Zoo aims to upgrade it to meet international standards and to retrieve its position as an internationally recognized zoo.

In 2004, the Giza Zoo was dropped from the list of internationally recognized zoos due to its non-compliance with international animal housing standards.   

The project will transform the Giza Zoo into an open-range zoo that applies the highest global safety standards, as per the statement.

The Ministry of Agriculture will retain the ownership of the zoo, but the Veterinary Services Authority will technically supervise it.

Furthermore, the development project includes bringing in new and rare species of animals to increase the quantity and variety of animals in the zoo, according to the statement. 

The project will also preserve the historical character of the parks and their rare plants and trees, and the African Union of Zoos and the International Union of Zoos will oversee the Giza Zoo in association with Egyptian national companies led by the Military Production Projects Company. 

Bernard Harrison and Friends, the world's largest zoo development consultancy, will participate in the development project according to the ministry's statement.

The nearby Orman botanical garden, which Khedive Ismail had also built, will be renovated and developed concurrently with the zoo.

According to the statement, the project includes operating a gondola lift that connects the Giza Zoo and the Orman botanical garden.


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