Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Giza Zoo 1891


With some excellent photographs.

Khedive Ismail (1863-1879), the ruler of Egypt, was the first to think of opening the Zoo on the occasion of the inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869 but he could not do so for the lack of enough time. On March 1, 1891, the Zoo at Giza was opened for the public.

It was first established to be a botanical garden, with various imported rare species of the most beautiful plants and cactus all over the world.

Its area is about 80 acres. It is located near the west bank of the Nile. Its northern tip overlooks Cairo University. It has five gates at each direction. The Zoo is under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture in Egypt.

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