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Not a fan of zoos, I had to find something to do to occupy some bored young children, so a visit to Cairo Zoo seemed a possibility. It is a large area that is very popular with the Egyptians.
Entry is 25pt no matter what age or nationality you are. A camera ticket is 20pt.
It closes at 4pm.
There are cafeterias with drinks and ice cream - maybe more but we didn't ask.
The area is signposted in English and Arabic.It needs to be as it is vast.
There are not an awful lot of animals, sometimes only a single representative of the species [ e.g. 1 giraffe, 1 chimpanzee], and the cages have so much netting that you almost have to press your nose against it to see. But the ponds of birds and hippos give a more natural environment.
What I did like was the fact that it was so shaded with attractive , and ,I believe , some rare old trees. When we went the gold mohur was a magnificent display of red.
It was a not unpleasant couple of hours especially as the children were allowed to feed the animals- not the lions- but peanuts to gazelles, carrots to the elephants and giraffe , lettuce to the guinea pigs and ostriches, and fish to the sealions . This was really appreciated by them., and free.
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It's nice place, u can c all kind of animals, and u can take photos with the animals too, when i went there i got photos with snakes, crocodile and the lion :)
the photo for a white bear there called Hasouna :))
Because of the Avian Flu epidemic the zoo was closed for a few months in 2006, but at end of May it reopened. It is not one of the best zoos we have seen. Animals are sometimes kept in small cages and what to us are domestic cats and dogs [left by expats returning home] are kept in the heat. However the grounds are spacious and well-arboured. Children are allowed to help the keepers feed the animals, and there is a children's enclosure with horse and cart ride round the elephants at 20 girish extra charge.
Entry is still 25 girish, and a camera 30 girish; so one of the cheapest places to visit.
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