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Issue of zoo transfer remains unresolved – ‘Removal from current location will not yield any success’

KUWAIT CITY, June 9: Amid incessant follow-up of complaints by Farwaniya Governor Sheikh Faisal Al-Hamoud on the location of Kuwait Zoo in Omariya area and assurance by the Director of Municipality Muhalhel Al-Khaled on the prospect of transferring the zoo from its current location in Farwaniya Governorate and discussion of related matters with concerned authorities, the issue remains unresolved—even as the current site and environment does not favor a zoo.

Director of Municipality Al-Khaled supports the idea of transferring the zoo to an alternate place in Al-Mutlaa area but sources revealed that the council has yet to discuss the situation of the zoo, although members have presented proposals supporting the idea.

According to the Director General of Public Authority for Agriculture Eng Faisal Al-Hasawi who rejected the request of Sheikh Faisal, “the issue remains unresolved”. Al-Hasawi insisted the proposal by the governor does not conform to the recreational, environmental and material returns of the zoo, and its removal from the current location will not yield any success.

He stressed the zoo will not be transferred but transformed into an aviary (for birds), and denied that the authority has been receiving complaints from residents to remove it.

Member of the Municipality stated it will make the residents happy if the municipality transfers the zoo to another place, especially as they have faced several problems due to nearness of the zoo to their houses.

He added the presence of the zoo has become a problem and a source of disturbance to the residents, citing traffic jams observed during visiting hours. He reiterated “it was acceptable in the past but due to the growing population and proximity of residential buildings, it became necessary to move the zoo to a suitable place.

By Abdulnaser Al Aslami Al Seyassah Staff

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