After months of closure, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel A. Jinapor has reopened the Accra Zoo to the general public.

Reopening the Zoo on Friday, December 9, 2022, he urged all Ghanaians in the diaspora to patronise the Zoo even as the festive season approaches.

“As we approach the festive season, I want to encourage all of us, both Ghanaians and foreigners alike and particularly our dear students to patronise and interact with nature. The Accra Zoo, I can assure you is safe and you are all warmly welcome to visit,” he said.

The Zoo was shut down in August on the instructions of the Minister after an intruder was attacked by the lions.

Lands Minister reopens Accra Zoo to public

Before this unfortunate incident, renovations were ongoing to intensify security systems, provide more facilities to ensure the comfort of visitors and make the Zoo more interesting and exciting.

Speaking at the reopening ceremony, the Minister underscored the importance of Zoos and ecotourism in general to the socio-economic development of the country.

He added that they provide an effective economic incentive for conservation and protecting the ecosystem and biodiversity while creating jobs and generating income to support the national economy.

He noted that in Africa, Zoos and ecotourism have become a major boost to the economies of countries like Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda and Zambia and hoped that Ghana’s Zoo will also place the country on such heights.

Lands Minister reopens Accra Zoo to public

Zoos, he noted are very crucial to the conservation of terrestrial life and ecosystems, which Ghana is enjoined by Sustainable Development Goal 15 to protect and conserve.

Due to the many advantages, the Sector Minister disclosed that Government is adopting strategic measures to promote zoos and ecotourism in the country.

He added that plans are far advanced to upgrade the three (3) regional zoos in Accra, Tamale and Takoradi, to international standards and eventually establish zoos in all sixteen (16) regions of the country.

Whiles assuring the safeness of the Zoo, Samuel Jinapor called on the private sector to partner Government on the ambitious agenda, to bring zoos closer to the people and promote ecotourism.

He announced that as part of measures to protect wildlife resources, Cabinet has approved a new Wildlife Resources Management Bill, to be laid in Parliament in the next couple of weeks, to among others, provide a new legal framework for the management of the wildlife resources.

Lands Minister reopens Accra Zoo to public

The Minister commended his Deputy, the CEO of the Forestry Commission and the staff of the Commission for their tireless efforts in ensuring excellent leadership direction in the management of the forest and wildlife resources of the country.

The Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, John Allotey in his welcome statement highlighted some recent developments in the Zoo.

He said the Zoo now has a new visitor’s lounge with benches, street lights, access routes, camera traps installation at the lions’ den, bold signages with clear instructions, wider and higher cages and two iron gates constructed to intensify security in the Zoo.

Lands Minister reopens Accra Zoo to public

He pointed out that security checkpoints have been mounted close to the lions’ enclosure for constant monitoring to prevent future unfortunate occurrences.

The CEO also disclosed that the Zoo has a Bat Research Center, established to study bat diseases and behaviour.

The Accra Zoo has a total of 108 animals made up of monkeys, Antelopes, Birds, Crocodiles, Snakes, Lions, porcupines, Ostrich, and Geese, among others with an average visitation of 32,000 annually

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