Gulf news Lions, bears and monkeys make up first arrivals at Dh1bn Dubai Safari

Lions, bears and monkeys make up first arrivals at Dh1bn Dubai Safari
 


DUBAI // It is not clear if they will go two-by-two, but the first animals are arriving at the Dh1 billion Dubai Safari Park which is due to open in Al Warqa.

The 119-hectare estate is now home to four lions, nine bears, 10 bats and nine monkeys, who have become the first guests at the Dubai Municipality attraction after arriving from Seoul Grand Park, South Korea.

Once open, the zoo will be home to almost 10,500 animals from around the world, of which 350 species will be rare or endangered.



Although no official opening date has been announced, the animals are being moved in now to acclimatise them to their surroundings and the cooling system before the summer heat.

A message on Dubai Municipality's Instagram account read: "Dubai Safari will be a global sanctuary in cooperation with World Safari to maintain the diversity that supports the living creatures on earth.

"Dubai Safari is committed in its plan to conserve the nature that will highlight it as a modern garden that will have a prestigious international respect by following the best practices in dealing with threatened species within dry environments."



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* Additional reporting by Sarah Khamis