The safari park, complete with African animals, is called Zambezi River and will open next to the Kazan city zoo. The current zoo will be transformed into an arboretum park with themed areas, a network of cycling paths and a café. The park is expected to grow to twice its current size and adjoin the Kaban lake, the mayor’s press office said.
The River Zambezi will be inhabited with chimpanzees, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, flamingoes, etc. – a total of 231 animals across 32 species. Animals from other zoos will come here as well as the park will participate in an exchange program.
The elephant enclosure will be one of the main facilities – a small herd, four femails and one male, will live here. The central area of the park will be transformed into a savannah with giraffes, impalas, zebras and antelopes. Hippo enclosure will have a pond with a transparent wall, allowing visitors to watch the animals underwater. The total area of the enclosures will exceed 11,000 metres square.
The most important part is that animals will live in good conditions. Kazan will have a zoo the city will be proud to call their own
All enclosures will be outfitted with heated facilities for winter time, allowing the park to operate year round.
Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Tatarstan, announced the renovation of the zoo in autumn of 2014, when he ordered to allocate part of the adjacent land to the park. The city budget will provide 1 billion rubles for the project. It is expected to open in 2016.