West Africa’s newest zoo reopens its doors in Mali capital — The Guardian UK article by Mark Tran on Aga Khan net work and Public Private partners renovated project

MDG : Mark Tran in Mali : national zoo in Bamako

A baby elephant takes a stroll. It costs 3.5m CFA a month to feed the animals

Mali‘s national zoo reopened with little fanfare after two years of renovation. The facility provides visitors with a refuge from the traffic-ridden streets of the sprawling capital, Bamako, filled with cheap motorbikes imported from Indonesia, and where pavements and roadsides are brimming with small traders.

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The zoo, renovated through a public-private partnership led by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, sees its mission as raising awareness of wildlife and nature. Monia Panchèvre, the zoo’s straight-talking French director, believes the facility can contribute to Mali’s development. “If you protect the environment, perhaps it will bring tourists and help the country develop,” she says, during a tour of the zoo.

Read more and watch video and view photos on The Guardian UK

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