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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Animals shifted from closed-down Doha Zoo to Al Khor Park

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All photos courtesy of MME on Facebook

More than 100 animals and birds have been moved to the newly reopened Al Khor Park from the site of the former zoo, QNA reports.

Another 70 will be brought over soon, authorities said, meaning the park will be the new home of some 172 animals from 22 species, including zebras, peacocks and oryxes.

According to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), the mini-zoo is divided into two sections, with 10 glass cages and one giant cage with bridges, trees and nests.

There’s also a room for veterinarians to treat the animals, as well as space to prepare their meals. The park also contains quarantine rooms and a laboratory for observation and dissection, QNA stated.

New Doha Zoo rendering
New Doha Zoo rendering

The 30-year-old Doha Zoo, which is located opposite Aspire Park and Villaggio Mall, has been closed since 2012 for renovations.

The site is expected to be replaced with a multi-million dollar safari park that houses some 3,000 animals and is scheduled to open to visitors in late 2017.

A new space was supposed to be built for animals while the zoo is demolished and rebuilt, but never materialized.

Al Khor park

More than 10,000 people have visited the newly reopened park since it launched on Thursday, according to authorities.

The family-only park has a train, a children’s play area, a basketball court, amphitheater and skating area, among other offerings.

It is open from 8am to 10pm daily, and costs QR5/adults. On Tuesdays, it is reserved solely for women and children.

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