John Allotey, the CEO of the Forestry Commission, has made public the commission’s plans to build three more zoos across the nation.
This is consistent with steps taken to reduce pressure on Accra Zoo as a result of security procedures being questioned in the wake of an unexplained event that claimed the life of a tourist earlier this year.
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The CEO announced that plans are well on to open three more zoos during their end-of-year briefing and staff recognition awards ceremony in Tamale.
The zoos will be built in Tamale, Koforidua, and Takoradi, according to John Allotey, who also stated that the Koforidua site has been chosen and cordoned off while awaiting approval from the Environmental Protection Authority.
When finished, the locations would be accessible to both domestic and international visitors.
Plans are currently being made to upgrade the Accra and Kumasi zoos and increase security to make them a safe haven for both visitors and animals.
Speaking at the occasion, Benito Owusu Bio, the deputy minister for lands and natural resources, thanked Ghanaians for their support of the “green Ghana” initiative.
The government’s goal for planting 20 million trees this year, according to the Deputy Minister, was exceeded by almost 26 million trees because the green Ghana project was so well received.
Mr. Owusu urged the nation’s residents to save trees in order to ensure their survival as the dry season gets underway.