The Land Minister Honorable Samuel Abu Jinapor reopens the Accra zoo after a temporal shutdown. The Zoo was shut down temporarily in August 2022 after a lion attacked a middle-aged man.
This action was taken in other to help safeguard the place to prevent such occurrences in the future.
According to Samuel Abu Jinapor, reopening the zoo was important due to how crucial it is to terrestrial life and ecosystems. The zoos and ecotourism contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
The zoos furnish effective economic incentives for the conservation of terrestrial life and ecosystems, hence the species should have a safeguarded environment that would help them in reproduction.
“Zoos provide a safe place for endangered species, create an environment for such species to reproduce and provide an opportunity to learn from and about animals. Zoos are, therefore, very crucial to the conservation of terrestrial life and ecosystems.”
The Minister again gave some importance of the Zoo existence. He said; “Zoos and aquariums contributed over $24 to the US economy in 2019 and said zoos and eco-tourism in Africa have become a major boost to the economies of some countries. The Kenyan economy, for instance, is said to have benefited by $4.2 billion from eco-tourism in 2020 alone.”
The Honorable member also said, the government is promoting zoos and ecotourism through some strategic measures. Also, they would be upgrading the Kumasi zoo and also establishing new zoos in the 16 regions.
Mr. John Allotey the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission, outlined the zoo’s enhancements.
“Some of the notable improvements made are the installation of an electrical power supply to the zoo, the installation of closed-circuit television cameras and camera traps, especially in the lions’ enclosure, to detect movement of objects and people, increasing the height of the outer perimeter to 16 feet, creating a third perimeter for defence, and renovating most of the animal cages.”
The CEO also added that the the zoo hosts over 200 bats with a research center. Moreover, the center was a collaboration among the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, Cambridge University, the Institute of Zoology in the United Kingdom, the Veterinary Service, and the University of Ghana.