Eighty-two animals and birds, recently imported from Kenya, have been on show to visitors at Nigeria's newest zoo in the ancient northern city of Kano.
CU Sign 'Welcome to Audo Bako Zoo' with people buying tickets (3 shots)
SV & CU People looking at monkeys in cage (3 shots)
SV & GV People looking at hyenas in cage (3 shots)
SV & CU Wading birds (2 shots), including flamingos (2 shots)
SV People looking into elephants' enclosure (3 shots)
CU 'Dargei - Keep Away' sign
SV Zebra drinking
SV People walking through Zoo
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EDITOR'S NOTE: ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO RECENT VISNEWS PRODUCTION 4103/73 - "KENYA; ANIMAL AIRLIFT AIDS AFRICAN CONSERVATION PROJECT IN EFFORT TO PRESERVE WILDLIFE".
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Background: Eighty-two animals and birds, recently imported from Kenya, have been on show to visitors at Nigeria's newest zoo in the ancient northern city of Kano.
The wild-life is the first consignment in an ambitious conservation scheme being undertaken by the Kano State Government. Details were discussed in Nairobi between the Military Governor of Kano, Police Commissioner Audo Bako and President Jomo Kenatta of Kenya.
The wild-game resources of Kano State have been depleted almost to the point of extinction. It is hoped that the animals imported from Kenya will eventually form the nucleus of a new game reserve. They are being temporarily housed in the brand new 'Audo Bako Zoo' in Kano, before being released into game reserves in Kano state.
The animals have been donated by the Kenyan Government 'in the interest of wild life conservation in Africa and as a goodwill gesture.' The cost of transportation, capture and crating is being met by the Nigerian Government.
The consignment, which was flown from Kenya to Nigeria, includes rhinoceros, elephant, antelope, hyena, flamingo, zebra and monkeys. They were caught in Kenya by American wild-life expert Don Hunt, at the request of the two Governments.