The Asanteman Council decided in July 1951 to open the Kumasi Zoological Gardens (Kumasi Zoo) in order to conserve Ashanti culture, stimulate social study, and publish journal notes on Ashanti customs and other subjects of broad interest.
The Zoo was founded in 1957 with the goal of showcasing in captivity indigenous wild creatures of Ghana (including free-roaming Pea-fowls) in order to demonstrate the link between nature and culture, as well as to emphasize the importance of wildlife conservation.
The Kumasi Municipal Council and the Forestry Department handled the Zoo at various times, and the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission has been in charge since 1974. (formerly Department of Game and Wildlife).
In the national interest, wildlife resources must be protected, managed, and developed, and wildlife harvesting must be regulated. Exporting animal items requires vetting, conducting pre-shipment inspections, and examining wildlife products. Eco-tourism and sustainable exploitation of wild plants and animals, including their by-products, are two ways to develop and promote wildlife’s economic potential.
Develop wildlife management capability at the national, district, and community levels, including stakeholder participation in successful wildlife management both inside and outside protected areas. Encourage public knowledge, understanding, and support for wildlife conservation, as well as research-based continual improvement in wildlife management.
The functions of the Zoo are to:
The Kumasi Zoo is located in the heart of Kumasi, providing one of the city’s few green urban spaces for both locals and visitors. It is located between 6° 34′ N and 6° 46′ N, and 1°30′ W – 1°44′ W of Ghana, in Kejetia, a suburb of the Kumasi Metropolitan District’s major business area.
It occupies an area of about 11 ha and is completely walled.
Forest and marshland with centrally flowing stream of high cultural significance to the people of Ashanti.
Mainly local fauna comprising of the following:
Carnivores (Big & Small Cats) – 6 Species
Primates – 9 Species
Rodents – 5 Species
Reptiles – 13 Species
Ungulates – 6 Species
Birds – 18 Species
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