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Exciting News for Animal Lovers: Cairo Zoo to Undergo Major Upgrades!

The 132-year-old Giza Zoo in Cairo, Egypt, is set to receive a major overhaul and upgrade that will bring it up to world-class standards. The contract was recently awarded to a military company and has been met with great excitement by animal lovers, visitors, and locals alike.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has emphasized the importance of preserving the historical value of the zoo, which is one of the world’s oldest and Africa’s first, while also ensuring that the restoration work is based on environmental foundations and protects its historical buildings and botanical diversity. During a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and other government officials, President El Sisi gave instructions for the project to be carried out in a manner that conforms with international standards.

The Giza Zoo has been a staple in Cairo for over a century, attracting visitors from all over Egypt. However, in recent years, the zoo had fallen into a state of neglect and its management was transferred to the Ministry of Military Production, reflecting the military’s increasing role in the country’s economy.

The upgrade contract includes the upgrading of the nearby Al Orman botanical gardens, another popular attraction in Cairo, and is set to run for 18 months. The CEO of the National Military Production Company for Projects, Engineering Consultations and General Supplies, Maged El Serty, has stated that work on both sites will begin this month.

The Giza Zoo first opened its doors to visitors in 1891 and was a top attraction in the Arab world until the 1950s. However, it later declined and was removed from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums due to its failure to meet the required standards and pay its membership fees.

The upcoming upgrades will not only improve the welfare of the animals and the overall visitor experience, but also serve as a symbol of Egypt’s commitment to preserving its history and cultural heritage while embracing modern developments. This exciting development is sure to bring new life to the Giza Zoo and Al Orman botanical gardens, making them must-visit attractions for visitors to Cairo and providing a unique opportunity for people to connect with and learn about the amazing animals that call these places home.

Mr Zoo News
The Editor-in-Chief of ZooReviews with a passion for zoos, conservation and species preservation. Mr Zoo has worked with zoos around the world to help develop enrichment programs, along with helping to build zoo volunteer organizations across South East Asia.

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