In the suburbs of the capital of Egypt is a fairly popular zoo. The time spent in it can last several hours. This place was discovered in the nineteenth century. It occupies about one hundred hectares of land and due to this is one of the largest zoos in the country. This building has collected a huge collection of animals, including, by the way, and those that are threatened with extinction. Cairo's climate is rather dry and warm, thanks to this factor, animals located in the territory of this zoo feel quite comfortable, this affects their reproductive function.
This zoo has a large number of enclosures in which representatives of the cat family live, among which, first of all, lions, tigers and panthers can be noted. Tourists visiting this place are given the opportunity to take pictures with them at a fairly short distance. In addition to tigers and lions, there are quite a few species of monkeys that anyone can treat with something tasty, but on one condition: any treat that vacationers are going to feed this or that animal should be bought at the territory of this zoo. It is strictly forbidden to feed the local animals with other products. There are also quite a lot of amphibians, among which ducks, Nile turtles, pelicans and storks can be noted.
This zoo was not without elephants, and the "House of Reptiles", which is inhabited by iguanas, crocodiles, and several species of snakes. A distinctive feature of this building is the presence of its own museum, where you can see a large number of stuffed animals of various kinds. But perhaps the main attraction of this place here is rightfully considered a special suspension bridge made of metal. Gustave Eiffel worked on the design of this bridge, and he took enough time to make it as long as possible.
It is also interesting that despite the well-groomed zoo, it is allowed to have picnics and walk on lawns from real grass (some zoos use artificial grass), the territory of the zoo is quite well-groomed. This place is also sometimes called the arboretum, as here you can see a huge number of trees and other plants, which in general look like a jungle. These "jungles" are surrounded by various ponds, canals and gazebos, where you can relax or socialize.
This zoo can be visited even by the poorest residents of Cairo, since the local government plays a huge role in its development, which is a kind of sponsor of the zoo. This fact, of course, pleases tourists who have the opportunity to visit one of the most important attractions in the region for a frankly small amount.
The exact address of this zoo is: Egypt, Cairo, Street Midan al-Gamaa. You can get to the place either by one of the many taxis, or by public transport, which runs here around the clock during the holiday season.
The number of green areas here can be counted on the fingers. One such place is the Giza Zoo, which was founded in 1871. The zoo is by no means large; its area is approximately 100 acres. However, thanks to its collection, the zoo is of genuine interest - it contains many endangered species of animals, which are almost impossible to see in the wild nature of Egypt.
Among the attractions of the zoo are the suspension bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel. In addition to animal enclosures, the Zoo houses the Reptile House and the Stuffed Animal Center.
A nice feature of the Giza Zoo is its low entry prices. The zoo is financed from the pocket of the state, so even the poorest resident can look at the animals.
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The largest zoo in Egypt is located in Giza. It covers an area of 32 hectares. Aviaries with animals are located among the green spaces, so the zoo is considered one of the largest parks in Cairo and Giza. People come here not only to admire rare animals, but also to walk along shady alleys.
The founder of the park and the zoo of Giza is the Ismail Khedive. Initially, the park was 21 hectares. He was defeated on the grounds of the former harem garden. By order of the ruler Ismail in 1871, many rare plants were brought here from Africa, India and South America, including a huge banyan tree, which can be seen even now. The first inhabitants of the zoo were 180 birds and 78 animals displaced here from the menagerie of the Khedive Ismail himself.
In the late 1870s, the state confiscated the zoo for Ismail's debts. In January 1890, the harem building was transformed into the Museum of Natural History and was used as such until 1902. Part of the gardens, from where an excellent panorama of the Nile opened, was given over for the construction of residential buildings, but the harem garden remained untouched.
By the end of World War II, the zoo contained 700 mammals and 500 reptiles.
The main architectural attraction of the Giza Zoo is considered the suspension bridge of authorship of the famous Gustave Eiffel, who created a tower in Paris named after him. From this bridge you can watch animals from a considerable height.
Pedestrian paths paved with colorful pebbles will lead to ponds that have an island with a tea house.
Animal World Zoo de Giza
The zoo has a pretty large collection of animals. About 1700 animals from 175 species are represented here. The zoo is divided into several climatic zones with its own living conditions. This is the "House of Reptiles" and the museum of stuffed animals.
A special attraction of the park is the suspension bridge built by Gustave Eiffel.
The park is accessible to all segments of the population due to its low entrance fees. The revenue from admission is small and does not even cover a small part of the cost of maintaining the park.
The main goal of the park is primarily to entertain guests and citizens, and then to educate and promote knowledge among the population. Despite such concepts, many rare species of animals breed successfully in the park.
During its existence in the nature reserve, it was possible to collect and preserve a huge collection of threatened plants and animals. A creative team of zoologists and gardeners made every corner of the park cozy for the inhabitants and amazing for visitors. The first California sea lion, which was brought here from the Middle East in 2002, successfully breeds at the zoo.
All animals live in enclosures, enclosed by barely noticeable ditches, which creates the impression of being close to animals. The zoo has a large family of tigers and lions, several elephants, deer.
The paths in the zoo are laid out from the black stone slabs of Trieste, footpaths, decorated with mosaics, and a pond.
To the tourist note! The zoo conducts various excursions and events depending on the time of year. At the entrance, guests are given a map with the location of the enclosures with animals. This will save time and will bypass the maximum of interesting places. For especially lazy people, an electric train runs around the park, which stops at three stations.
Opening hours: from 8.30 to 16.00.
Ticket price: adult 3 LE, children's 1 LE.