Air-conditioned rocks and cool-water pools for animals at new Dubai Safari Park

Posted: 06-Aug-16 10:19

Dubai Safari Park will have air conditioned rocks, misting machines, and cool-water pools to help animals keep cool in the emirate's hot temperatures, Scheduled to open later this year, the wildlife park will span 120 hectares, and will feature more than 1,000 animals such as lions, cheetahs, hyenas, as well as 350 species of protected or endangered species.

Air-conditioned rocks and cool-water pools for animals at new Dubai Safari Park

A brand new wildlife park in Dubai will offer its animals a unique luxury when it opens later this year. Air conditioned rocks will be fitted into areas of the Dubai Safari Park to help keep animals cool in the heat that can often reach 40 degrees Celsius.

Spanning an area of 120 hectares in Dubai on the site of the former Dubai Zoo, the construction and design firm Cape Reed has come up with innovative ways to keep the wildlife species cool. These include misting machines, cool-water pools, and the air-conditioned rocks that will be strategically placed throughout the park.

Tim Husband, the CEO of Dubai Safari Park, explained:

"Even though it's a hot desert we're making sure that all the enclosures, exhibits and holding facilities are kept at a good safe temperature so these animals won't suffer at all. All the cats – lions, cheetahs and tigers – have air-conditioned areas, even the hyenas have got it in some areas."

Cape Reed has implemented several green initiatives and environmentally-friendly practices in the park, including solar energy that will absorb sunlight and convert into electricity overnight, a hybrid operational system that will run the irrigation network, water recycling, waste management, and recycling facilities for visitors. A team of specialists visited world-class zoos including facilities in Germany, Singapore, Austria and San Diego, to learn about the best practices that will work well in Dubai.

Scheduled to open at the end of 2016, Dubai Safari Park will have three zones: African, Asian and Arabian. There will be more than 1,000 animals from all over the world, and 350 species of endangered or protected animals. The park will feature an open-safari that will feature world locations with matching architecture and wildlife that are native to the different destinations. Each of the cages will be temperature-controlled and have been created to use water-cooled greenhouse technology, ensuring comfort for the animals.

The park’s transport will be run using solar energy, and for visitors, there will be a rubber-wheeled tram and monorail capsules so they can see park views from above. As well as various public transport options to the site in the Al Warqa area of Dubai, there will also be 1,600 parking spaces. Plans for future additional areas and facilities include a butterfly park, botanical garden, a luxury hotel, golf course, restaurants, and food court.

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