Preparations in progress to re-open Accra Zoo weeks after a lion attacked an intruder – Lands and Forestry

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After a few weeks of closure due to police investigations into the Lion-intruder case, Deputy Minister for Lands and Forestry Benito Owusu-Bio said plans are underway to restore the zoo as soon as possible.

He announced this when he visited the zoo on Friday, September 23, 2022 to examine the reopening preparations.

After touring the zoo, he ordered the Zoo Manager, Mr. Stephen Tamanja, to install a security post near the lions’ den and an outside perimeter fence to ensure the public’s safety.

He also requested them to modernize restrooms for visitors and tourists in the waiting area, put signs in animal cages, and light up the Forest at night.

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Mr. John Allotey, CEO of Forestry Commission, informed the Deputy Minister that a transformer has been erected to light up the zoo at night.

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Zebras, ostriches, chimpanzees, and others will be moved from Kumasi zoo and the Shai Hills Resource area to Accra zoo.

The Zoo Manager told the Ministry’s PR staff that Ghanaians and other nations have been calling the zoo to seek its reopening.

He cited a number of importance and reasons all efforts are being made for the zoo to be opened as soon as practicable. ” This zoo is not only for relaxation purposes but also for education as most students come here for their research purposes, and as you know, for tourist purposes, and this will also help boost the local economy, create employment and aid in the furtherance of the tourism sector”.

By the time of reopening, all of the Deputy Minister’s ideas for preparations will be executed, including the security checkpoint, cameras, power, and other needs.

Sulemana Nyadia, Deputy CEO of the Forestry Commission, accompanied the Deputy Minister.

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