The Administrative Prosecution issues a number of recommendations to regulate the supervision on public zoos, assure the safety of visitors and proper animal treatment

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11/10/2018
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Counselor/Amany El-Rafey- President of Administrative Prosecution Authority ordered to conducted prompt investigations after a video clip taken at Nasr City zoo went viral which showed that the zoo painted black stripes on a donkey to try to pass it off as a zebra in order to attract more visitors, which enabled some international news channels to disfigure the image of Egypt

Counselor/Amany El-Rafey- President of Administrative Prosecution Authority ordered to conducted prompt investigations after a video clip taken at Nasr City zoo went viral which showed that the zoo painted black stripes on a donkey to try to pass it off as a zebra in order to attract more visitors, which enabled some international news channels to disfigure the image of Egypt.

The incident was investigated by Counselor/Ahmed Lotfy Mahgoub- member of the Headquarters Technical Bureau under the supervision of Counselor/Essam El-Minshawy-Head of Headquarters Technical Bureau in case no 120/2018, where investigations revealed that the zoo located inside the International Park in Nasr City is exploited by an exploitation contract concluded between a private company for managing  recreational facilities and the Public Parks Project affiliated to Cairo Governorate whereas it is not subject the supervision of the Central Administration for Managing Zoos affiliated to the Public Authority for Veterinary Services as it is originally a botanical garden, moreover it is not subject to the technical supervision of the Specialized Parks Administration which only supervises environmental and security aspects, accordingly the exploiting company is the one responsible for the park as per the terms and conditions issued by the Specialized Parks Project regarding the exploitation of the mentioned zoo, also the investigations revealed that the competent administration terminated the exploitation contract and confiscated the insurance amount deposited by the contractor.

 

 Accordingly APA issued the following recommendations:

1-Setting a list of regulations to expand the supervision scope on specialized parks to include all the financial, administrative, security and environmental aspects.

2- The Central Administration for Managing Zoos should supervise all facilities including any species of animals to ensure the safety of visitors and to set certain regulations regarding animal treatment.

3- APA issued an order to all the competent administrative bodies to solve the administrative vacuum in Cairo’s International Park in order to assure the presence of park supervision on exploiting parties.

4-Also APA ordered to dismiss the investigations conducted with officials from the Specialized Parks Project and from the Central Administration for Managing Zoos due to the absence of legislative and regulatory texts that specify the authorities responsible for supervising those parks.

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