Musanada kicks off $41m Al Ain Zoo conservation projects
Reptile Park, Elephant Safari, Gorilla Sanctuary, and Sand Cat Conservation Exhibit are being developed
Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) has started construction work on four conservation and preservation projects, including Reptile Park, Elephant Safari, Gorilla Sanctuary, and Sand Cat Conservation Exhibit, all worth $41.4m (AED152m), at Al Ain Zoo.
Musanada will spend $8.2m (AED30m) on the Reptile Park project, which will span 11,500m2.
The project will require Musanada to demolish Al Ain Zoo's existing Reptile House and replace it with the new structure, which will include indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Meanwhile, the $25.5m (AED93.5m) Elephant Safari project will see Musanada construct a natural safari exhibit for visitors across an area of 1.7ha, creating a habitat for 15 African elephants.
The safari will be connected to the existing Al Ain Safari and the Lions Exhibition.
Musanada is spending $4.8m (AED17.8m) to build Gorilla Sanctuary, which spans 8,725m2 and also involves the demolition of a structure that will be replaced by exhibition courts and wooded areas, along with facilities for five female and one male gorillas.
Finally, the $2.9m (AED10.7m) Sand Cat Conservation Exhibit will entail the construction of an exhibit, along with visitors’ corridors and electromechanical system improvements, UAE state news agency, Wam, reported.