A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH FOR A REAL CHANGE
After being one of the most beautiful and glorious zoological gardens in the world, hosting over 20,000 animals and over 1,000 rare types of trees, having a great historical impact with its antiquities, buildings and harem gardens, the Giza zoo has been ravaged by time and neglect, and is now rated as one of the saddest, dirtiest and most outdated zoos in the world. It faces multiple problems ranging from everything related to the visitors, their attitudes and their experiences, to the animals and their habitats, environments and even the under qualified keepers. Below is a list of some of the most important issues that the zoo is currently facing, and that need to be addressed in any plans of renovation;
- Water pollution
- Abandoned & deteriorated buildings
- Unusable toilets and utilities
- Improper seating areas
- Insufficient services for visitors
- Lack of any interactive user experience
- Inadequate animal enclosures
- Unacceptable visitor attitudes and the lack of proper security measures
- Lack of parking areas
- Entrances are in a bad state
The main objective of this project proposal will be to supply a highly qualified management team to upgrade , recreate AND resurrect one of the world’s oldest and historical zoological gardens. Giza Zoo was constructed on the grounds of the summer residence of the Royal Family of King Farouk and built during the rule of the Viceroy“Khedive Ismail”between 1863 and 1879.
Zoological Gardens world wide have played a major role in the cooperation, preservation and the breeding of numerous species of animals, birds ,primates, reptiles and amphibians, on an unprecedented scale.
Extensive support has been embarked upon in various countries through out the world and there is an ever-increasing awareness of the need to preserve the planet’s rich heritage for future generations and to protect these rapidly diminishing natural resources.
The aim of the proposed project would be to restore and upgrade the existing facility at the Zoo while keeping intact its most important and unique historical features, such as the Entrance Gate, Japanese Kiosk ,Citadel Hill, Buildings’ and Suspension Bridge which was designed by world renowned Alexandra Eiffel, to name but a few.To recreate it s once world renowned gardens built in the late 18 hundreds by Khedive Ismail,while at the same time taking it to a new high standard that goes in accordance with the current international standards.
In order to achieve the goals we need to follow our approach and way of thinking based on a few strategic points regarding what needs fixing ,renovating, reusing and what needs to be built from scratch. Below is a list of points in no specific order, that need to be taken care of. In the following pages these points will be discussed, and related to an operational structure with which the zoo should base its renovation plans on to achieve what we want. Taking the zoo back to its former glory,but on an even higher level of international standards.To ensure security of animals and zoo property
•To upgrade & ensure security of existing car park
•To upgrade entrance and ticket office
•To upgrade, redesign and build new animal enclosures.
•To build new bird aviaries
•To build new primate enclosures
•To upgrade and build new reptile enclosures
•To build a new animal hospital&quarantine station.
•To upgrade and build feeding sheds,butchery and animal food preparation area.
•To upgrade and build an administration center which will house a library and educational centre.
•To upgrade and build visitor’s amenities-restaurant’s,souvenir shops and kiosks ,toilet facilities,first-aid points,picnic areas,children’s play areas,park benches,shelters,drinking water–cooler machines,boating,pony rides and petting zoo
•To ensure expert animal husbandry
•To upgrade Workshop and Maintenance area
•To assess and train all existing staff members
•To offer new local employment opportunities
•To Upgrade or build Staff Amenities.