Egyptian official states estimated number of Giza Zoo visitors during Eid Al Fitr



Sun, 01 May 2022 - 03:45 GMT


Sun, 01 May 2022 - 03:45 GMT

FILE – Gate of Giza Zoo

FILE – Gate of Giza Zoo

CAIRO – 1 May 2022: General Supervisor of Egyptian Zoos Mohamed Ragaei stated in a phone-in Sunday that 300,000 visitors are estimated to visit Giza Zoo on Eid Al Fitr taking place on May 2-5.


The official noted that the majority of visitors on the first day tend to be youths, while it is mostly families from nearby governorates on the second and third days.


Ragei added that Giza Zoo manages to acquire new animals through exchange with other zoos from around the globe as that option is budget friendly. He stated that two months ago, a deal was struck with Uruguay to obtain a sea lion, and that the zoo had already received from other countries tigers, red kangaroos, a couple of bears, reptiles, and snakes.


In June, the bear, Hani, died suddenly, causing a state of sadness among workers at the Giza Zoo.


Hani has been in the zoo for more than 25 years, and had enjoyed a bit of fame on social media, especially after the death of three of his wives, who battled to win his love. He was called “Don Juan.”


Hani was seen in a good psychological health after marrying the bear “Nevine,” which is his fifth wife, where workers witnessed that he had overcome a state of boredom he was suffering, and started interacting with the visitors. Samah is his fourth wife.


Before that, Hani married Nabila, 13 yrs old, Farah, 11 yrs, Lolo, 4 yrs. The trio died after a violent struggle out of jealousy.


A medical team from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cairo University began to take samples of the bear Hani to determine the cause of death.


In December 2020, an imported male giraffe “Zizo” from South Africa died inside its house at Giza Zoo. His death left the zoo with only three female giraffes.



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