The Kumasi Zoo experienced a significant boost in its visitation in 2019 apparently as a result of President Nana Addo’s initiative of the ‘year of return’ which saw a lot of foreigners trooped in Ghana.
Management of the Kumasi Zoo headed by Dr M.Y Ziekah told this platform that more than 50,000 people visited the Kumasi Zoo in 2019.
This was the biggest number of visitation the facility or tourist centre had experienced since its fall in about 6 years ago.
Activities of the Kumasi Zoo fell apart over the years as a result of closure of major routes that link it due to the construction of the new Kejetia Market, thus between 2014 and 2019.
Consequently, in 2017, eighteen thousand (18,000) people patronized the facility. In 2018, Seventeen Thousand ( 17,000).
However in 2019, the reopening of the of Kejetia roads helped the facility to experience a significant improvement over its patronage where more than 50,000 people made up of students, the general Ghanaian public and foreigners, mostly those who touched down in the country to celebrate the year of return.
This year management anticipates a massive turn out at the facility because a breed of animals like, Lions, Porcupines, Wild Snakes, Monkeys, Chimpanzees, Crocodiles among others have been brought to the Kumasi Zoo.
“We have brought in a breed of animals so we hope to get more visitors this year”, Dr Ziekah declared.
By: Joe Marfo