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New Dubai Zoo to be Cageless

Monday, November 21, 2005

Dubai Municipality announced yesterday that it will soon begin building a new Dhs200 million ( 31,740,000.00 Gbp, Great British Pounds ) zoo at a site near Mushrif Park.

The new zoo, replacing the original on Jumeirah Road, will be designed as an ‘open’ zoo, free of cages and including natural features such as caves and water.

It will be simple but modern. A barrier free zoo that will include plenty of grassland for the animals,” a Municipality source said yesterday.

The announcement comes after almost two years of discussions over what to do with the more than 1,000 creatues housed in the Jumeirah enclosure, which was built in 1967.

Originally, the Municipality had plans for an one billion dirham wildlife park, designed by one of Europe’s top firms. However, following Dubailand’s announcement in 2004 that its development would include a wildlife park, the Municipality decided to rethink its plans.

Yesterday, Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said: “The new Dubai Zoo has the potential to become a landmark attraction for national and international visitors. It will serve a major tourism and visitor education function for all of the UAE.

The current Dubai Zoo attracted around 779,000 visitors in 2004. So far this year, 590,000 people have visited the zoo. But the cramped conditions in which its animals have been kept, due to the lack of space, has drawn criticism from Dubai residents.

Zoo staff have done their best to keep the animals well cared for despite being overwhelmed by the number of beasts being kept there - far more than the enclosure was originally designed for.

The zoo is the only sanctuary for the animals that find their way there, either through authorities discovering creatures illegally smuggled into the country or people realising that the exotic pet they bought has now become too large to take care of at home.

The new zoo will be built in two phases. The first phase involves basic “mobilisation works” while the second phase will include “construction activities” for the zoo and a botanical garden.

The zoo will include a 108 hectare Safari park and an extra 150 hectares will be set aside for future expansion.

The animals housed at the current zoo, including giraffes, tigers, bears ,cheetahs, a gorilla and a pigmy hippopotamus called Annie, will all eventually be moved to the new zoo once its ready. “It "It is unlikely that new animals will be brought in,” the Municipality source said.

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