Kabul Zoo

Infobox zoo
zoo_name=Kabul Zoo
location=Kabul, Afghanistan

The Kabul Zoo is in Kabul, Afghanistan on the bank of the Kabul River. The zoo was inaugurated in 1967 with a focus on Afghan fauna. The zoo was very popular with visitors and press. In 1972 the number of visitors was more than 150,000. [ [http://www.izea.net/world/kabul.htm History of Kabul Zoo :: World Zoos :: IZE] ]

In total the zoo has 116 animals and a staff of 60 to care for them. Conditions are poor but it is a popular place for Kabulis and up to 3000 people will visit during a week. The zoo is open from 6am to 6pm every day and entry costs ten Afghanis (100 Af for foreigners). [ [http://www.kabulguide.net/kbl-tosee.htm The Survival Guide to Kabul - What to see] ]

The Chinese government, a primary donor of animals, recently announced concerns about the safety of the animals it has already donated to Afghanistan. In the past year, one male bear and one deer have died, apparently from diseases and improper nutrition. Chinese authorities say they will not donate any more animals to Kabul until conditions improve. [ [http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0811/p07s01-wosc.html Worst behaved at the Kabul Zoo - the humans | csmonitor.com] ]

The North Carolina Zoo has funded and supervised many projects at the Kabul Zoo. The work has included improvements to housing of the animals such as climbing structures and standoff barriers. They have helped with creating a business plan for the zoo. [ [http://www.nczoo.com/News/archive/20050908154106238 NC Zoo Society: Update on the Kabul Zoo Story] ]

ee also

*Marjan - the famous lion resident


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