City Expands, Renovates Oldest Zoo


The Addis Abeba City Administration is investing 28 million Br for in the renovation and expansion of the Addis Zoo Park Center, located in the Sidist Kilo neighbourhood close to Addis Abeba University.

The 12ha-expansion will include a playground, animal sculptures, a picnic area, reading and sitting areas, an aquarium and an aviary. Upon completion, it will house 12 species of wildlife including lions, Gelada baboons, monkeys and birds. It is also expected to create job opportunities for 80 people and attract between 2.5 million to three million visitors a year.

Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation (ECWC), which has 15,000 employees, operates with a capital of 20 billion Br and was formed by merging three public enterprises, was hired to design the park and undertake construction. The zoo, which has been serving 1.4 million visitors a year, was closed a year ago for expansion and rehabilitation work carried out in two phases.

The first phase of the expansion, which included the construction of seven cottages inside the zoo compound, was completed six months ago by Yot Construction Plc at a cost of five million Birr.

“After going operational, it will generate 25 million to 30 million Br a year,” said Musie Kiflom (MD), director general of the Addis Zoo Park.

The construction schedule calls for the park to be finalized before the end of September.

“I am afraid that the contractor will not finish the construction, according to the timetable,” Musie told Fortune. Read more >>

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