The Al Ain Zoo.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
ABU DHABI – The Al Ain Zoo is going to get a massive boost with the construction of four projects, including the Reptile Park, Elephant Safari, Gorilla Sanctuary and Sand Cat Conservation Exhibit totaling Dh152 million.
Construction of the projects has started, according to Abu Dhabi General Services Company, Musanada.
The new projects form part of the efforts to realise the vision of the Abu Dhabi government towards being globally leader in conserving wildlife by supporting and enhancing conservation of nature and preservation and breeding of endangered species.
According to Musanada, the Dh30 million Reptile Park project is being constructed over a total area of 11,500 square meters. The project involves demolition of the existing Reptile House building and construction of a new reptile building that will include indoor and outdoor exhibitions for all types of reptiles.
The Dh93.5 million Elephant Safari project aims to create a natural habitat for 15 African elephants, besides construction of a natural Safari exhibition for visitors across a 17.5-hectare area, which will be connected to the existing Al Ain Safari and the Lions Exhibition spreading across 2.6 hectares, along with a “feeding” experience which is unique in the GCC area.
Construction of the Dh17.8 million Gorilla Sanctuary project is also underway. The project sprawls across an area of 8,725 square meters and will provide a home for 5 female and 1 male gorillas.
The Dh10.7 million Sand Cat Conservation Exhibit project will involve demolition of the existing building and construction of new exhibitions for sand cats and other night animals and the construction of visitor corridors and areas. ICA/Expat Media/WAM
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