Giza zoo to be powered by solar energy, biogas to be used to keep animals warm

Mohamed Farag
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The Giza Zoo entrance gate (DNE Photo/Hassan Ibrahim)

The Ministries of Environment and Agriculture have agreed to implement a solar power station and a biogas station in Giza Zoo, in line with the national project for the development of zoos.

Informed sources told Daily News Egypt that several officials from the Ministry of Environment visited the Giza Zoo to inspect the best location for the establishment of a waste-to-energy station (biogas).

The team chose a near the place where pregnant animals give birth, which requires high heating.

The sources pointed out that the planned biogas station will mainly rely on animal waste and blood from the zoo’s slaughterhouse, and will be implemented with EGP 300,000. The project is funded by the Ministry of Environment.

On the other hand, Egypt-PV will inaugurate the solar power station that will provide energy for lightning in several sites at the zoo. Egypt-PV will provide technical and financial support to the instaled station.

These measures aim to improve the zoo conditions and develop it to be listed as one of the world’s best zoos.

The sources pointed out that a comprehensive plan is underway to develop and modernise the Giza Zoo and other zoos across the various governorates, under the directives of the political leadership and the Prime Minister’s orders.

Moreover, these zoos will be completely renovated and organised to bring out their historical side and make them an attraction for both domestic and international tourism.

The sources explained that the infrastructure is being modernised inside the zoo, in addition to renovating its restaurants, and restrooms to suit the visitors of the zoo, as well as the development of animal shelter areas and add new species to the zoo.

The zoo covers an area of about 80 feddan and is one of the largest zoos in the world. It encloses a museum built in 1906 with rare collections of mummified animals, birds and reptiles. The number of visitors to the zoo used to amount to nearly four million annually.

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