Many exciting developments are expected at the renovated Limassol Zoo in 2014, according to its Director Lambros Lambrou.
Speaking at a recent Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Zoo, Labrou said: “Next month one of our major projects will be delivered, which is the filtration cleaning system of the Pygmy Hippopotamus pond.”
He added: “With the completion of this project the Exhibit of Africa will come alive and many species, like the pygmy hippos, fish, water birds and antelopes will coexist in one enclosure. Many zoos keep pygmy hippos separate, our zoo is one of very few that has incorporated them in a successful mixed exhibit which is more naturalistic.”
Limassol Zoo is also looking for funding to build its African penguin enclosure as an extension to the African exhibit.
Lambrou said that zoo staff were also looking forward to beginning another big project in the coming year, the creation of an Amazonian Biotope with a mangrove aquarium exhibit featuring 32 different species of fish.
“At the moment we are looking for funding to be able to apply a foggy system network to the whole zoo.
“This will help by controlling the high summer temperatures, lessen dust particles from the enclosures and generally make a more pleasant environment for both animals and visitors during the hot summers,” Lambrou said.
Noting that Limassol Zoo has been open to the public for a year and a half after being closed to be rebuilt according to EU guidelines, the director thanked Limassol Mayor Andreas Christou for his support.
He said the mayor’s personal interest was helping the zoo reach its target “to be one of the best and well respected Zoos in Europe despite its small size.”
Limassol Zoo is in the process of filling in all the documents in order to apply to be a member of EAZA, which is the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
“Limassol Zoo has the basis to become a centre for reproducing and protecting endangered species. The educational character of Limassol Zoo is getting to be very popular among schools as they all want to book one of our interesting lectures given in our Educational Centre. Finally we would like to see Limassol Zoo become one of the most popular destinations for all our visitors, local and tourists,” Lambrou said.
He also thanked the staff and friends of Limassol Zoo and its main sponsors, the Cooperative Bank of Limassol and American Academy Limassol.