Lions And Zoos

Ivory Coast: Abidjan National Zoo reopens after one year of closure


This Tuesday (December 21) marks the reopening of the Abidjan zoo in Côte d’Ivoire.

The zoo closed in September 2020 after a hyena escaped on charges of animal abuse.

The facilities have been completely renovated.

The renovation was financed by the State for an amount of approximately 800,000 euros.

According to zoo director Karl Diakité, “Most of the enclosures that were here before were enclosures that had been in existence since the 1960s and 1970s. So a lot of these enclosures had to be destroyed. So for those of you who have seen the zoo before, there are a lot of enclosures that have been completely destroyed and completely refurbished “, announced Karl Diakité, director of the Abidjan zoo.

The zoo is located in a 19 hectare park in the middle of the Ivorian economic capital and hopes to attract visitors from all walks of life.

Karl Diakité added “compared to a few years ago, today the zoo has completely changed, the zoo has been completely transformed” (…) “We have reinforced all the enclosures, we have rearranged the species in the different enclosures to make sure there wouldn’t be any safety issues in that regard. And then we have a safety protocol in place in case we have an escape. We are ready, we have the necessary equipment. to be able to catch the animals in case of problem “, concluded the director.

The zoo is home to fifty species, including lions, leopards, chimpanzees and an elephant, with a population of 350 individuals.