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New zoo in the offing in Dubai

WAM Dubai, Feb 12th, 2012 (WAM) -- Dubai municipality is studying a project to build a new world-class zoo in the emirate.

The survey of the proposed project is expected to be finished in two months and according to the municipality the old animals will be shifted once the new zoo is ready.

Eng. Hussian Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality said the municipality has appointed a consultant and action team to come up with the final concept of the project, including the selection of suitable site, required area and distribution of animals in line with the international standards.

Lootah said, the consultant initially submitted two concepts. One is ?Safari', which is adopted in developed countries like Singapore and Thailand. The second one is ?Cages', which are common in the majority of countries. We are going to adopt the Cages system considering the area constrains in the emirate.

He said we would make the traditional cages system in its best form in line with the characteristics of the emirate and the best zoos in the world providing all types of facilities and services for the public.

"The cages will be arranged and distributed in accordance with each category and type of animals, birds and other species in a comfortable way and adequate space without affecting the neighbourhoods. A full-fledged team of specialists, veterinarians, animal curators and entire qualified cadres for animal welfare according to the global systems and frame lines will be available," "Actually, the current zoo should be improved, as it is very old and small after the huge development around it and increasing number of animals and visitors. It was established by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in 1967," Lootah added.


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