Dubai Municipality will build a new Dh 610 million zoo on 560 hectares of land behind Mushrif Park. Construction is estimated to start in end 2003 and should be completed by 2007. The project will include a Core or Open Zoo, which will consist of six major habitats. The zoo will also include a Wildlife Safari Park, a Bedouin Tented Camp, Night Safaris, Biodiversity Museum, Captive Breeding and Conservation Centre, Birds of Prey Show and the Veterinary Centre
The civic body has plans to plant over 40,000 trees at the new zoological facility which will feature a Safari Park.
The designs for the new zoo have been finalised. The multi-million dirham project will be developed in a phased manner by the civic body which has been managing the zoo since 1971, almost four years after it was established as a private enterprise by an Austrian engineer, Otto J. Bulart.
The municipality has freed several animals in the wild in the forest reserve being created around Mushrif Park, the emirate's largest park with over 500 acres of lawns and trees.
Sources said the zoo will be located on a site measuring over six million square metres. The redeveloped zoo will be distinguished by its vast space, unique location and variety of recreational and entertaining facilities in addition to allowing animals to live in areas designed to be as similar to their natural environment as possible
The design of the zoo will be modern and state-of-the -art, rivalling the best around the world such as the Singapore zoo and the San Diego zoo in the U.S.
The zoo will be one of the world's most attractive zoological gardens and will compliment the other touristic attractions dotting the city skyline.