Management of the Kumasi Zoo is calling on the general public for a massive support to enable it rehabilitate the tourist centre.
The existence of the facility serves as cultural, educational and research centre for the general public especially students.
Despite the crucial role the zoo plays, it is been troubled with infrastructural impediments since its establishment in 1958, thus 62 years ago.
Government of Ghana is yet to shift attention to reshape or rehabilitate it to a more advance standard.
Speaking an exclusive interview with the Manager of the Kumasi Zoo, Dr M.Y Ziekah, he said although forestry Commission and Wild life is taken steps to refurbish or rebrand the Zoo to an ultra- modern standard, still management expect the general public to donate and support the facility so as to fast raise its standard and operations.
“We plead with the general public to donate and support us towards developing the Zoo to an ultra-modern one. We want to build children’s park, we want to put up structures like, seats, cannopies…so that when visitors come they can sit and enjoy the siren environment here. We need donations to help the upkeep of the animals and also make our environment beautiful”, the manager appealed.
The facility experienced low patronage since the commencement of the Kumasi Kejetia Market in 2014.
The route to the Zoo was shutdown abruptly therefore victors could hardly patronize the facility.
In 2017, Eighteen Thousand (18,000) people patronized it whereas in 2018, Seventeen Thousand (17,000) tourists visited the Zoo.
However, in 2019 the facility saw a significant improvement over its patronage. Close to Sixty Thousand (60,000) people visited it. This was as a result of the opening of the Kejetia market roads in January last year as well as the introduction of “the Year of Return” campaign.
“We had a fair share of our the visitors coming from America to visit the tourist attraction and cultural heritage that Asanteman has”, Dr Ziekah told Newstimesgh.com.
The Kumasi Zoo has brought in a breed of animals like, Lions, Porcupines, Wild Snakes, Monkeys, Ostrich, Chimpanzees, Crocodiles among others. For this reason management of the Kumasi Zoo anticipates a massive turn out at the facility this year, 2020.
“We hope to get more visitors this year. We are happy when we receive a lot of visitors not because of the revenue we take from them but when we see them we feel that we have educated the general public on the preservation and protection of wild life”. Dr Ziekah stated.
By: Joe Marfo