Giraffes, zebras star attractions at Dhaka zoo
Thursday, 03 July 2008

Giraffes and zebras are staple attractions at zoos around the world, but many in impoverished Dhaka are getting their first glimpse of these beasts after a rare upgrade of the city's zoo, reports Reuters.

The zoo recently received 27 animals from South Africa and the response from visitors has been overwhelming, with families flocking to the park to see what many are calling unusual creatures.

"They have been expected for a while and zoo authorities wanted to see some foreign animals," park director Aminur Rahman told Reuters.

The group includes several species of antelope, wildebeest, giraffes and zebra and will be supervised by South African animal experts for the next few weeks until they have acclimatised.

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, where the average person lives on around $1.50 dollars a day.

A ticket to zoo will put visitors back around a quarter of a dollar, but Bangladeshis are not holding back, with some even visiting the animals twice a day.

"This is not my first time here. I came earlier today also. I read in the newspapers that some new animals arrived in the zoo. I've seen some new species like giraffes and zebras and I feel really good," said visitor Maya Begum.

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