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Zoos in Ethiopia


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Ethiopian Zoos

Quick Facts on Zoos in Ethiopia


Anbessa Bet or Lion Zoo


At the moment, Ethiopia only has one major zoo, a 1.2 hectare zoo located in the capital city Addis Ababa, in the Sidist kilo area.

Plans are underway to move this zoo to a larger 26 hectare site.

In the meantime, it is home to nineteen adult and four young lions, the gelada baboons, the Lesser Kudu, the Egyptian Geese, monkeys, rabbits, ducks and turtles.


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The zoo was created in 1947, when hunters wanting to show their gratitude to Emperor Haile Selassie, gave him lions as gifts.

Hence the zoo is now called Anbessa Bet or Lion Zoo.

Alemaya University in the eastern part of the country also has some caged animals for viewing.


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