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Migration in Dubai: 1,000 Animals Headed for New Home

Posted: Jul. 10th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Perparing for the Move
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For 46 years the Jumeirah Zoo has been one of the many things to see in Dubai, but this summer is likely to be its last. The 1,000 residents are moving towards a massive new facility set to open in 2014, but it's not just an expansion in terms of space. The planned Dubai Wildlife Safari will be like a luxury hotel, complete with temperature controlled holding areas and a healthy surrounding of dense vegetation.

Could this be the last summer for the animals at Dubai Zoo? 
If things go as planned, the 1,000 animals will be relocated to a new zoo that is about 80 times bigger than the existing Jumeirah zoo, built in 1967.


The Dh150-million Dubai Wildlife Safari is taking shape in a 120-hectare facility opposite Dragon Mart on Al Aweer road.


It’s expected to open to the public in late 2014. But the animals may have to be shifted earlier.


Speculation is rife that this is their last summer in Jumeirah.


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