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First animals move into Dubai's planned Safari Park project

Seoul Grand Park in Korea supplies first part of park's animal collection which will eventually number 10,500

First animals move into Dubai's planned Safari Park project

The Dubai Safari Park has started to receive the first of the animals that will be the foundation stock for the collection, it was announced on Tuesday.

The project, located at Al Warqa district, will cover a total area of 119 hectares and work is ongoing to build a collection that will take the safari park to 2020 and beyond, news agency WAM reported.

The first animals arrived on Monday from Seoul Grand Park in Korea although no further details were disclosed. Previous reports suggest the project will open in mid-2016.

The new zoo will be home to almost 10,500 animals from around the world, and out of those, there will be more than 350 species of rare and endangered animals, it added.

The animals once they all arrive will be cared for by professionals that Dubai Municipality has employed, coming from all corners of the world.

"This whole project once completed will indeed put Dubai on the map for those who will expect only the best from a zoo or safari park. The knowledge and ethical care for the animals will soon have Dubai Safari recognized as a world leader," a statement said.

It added that while the opening was "still a little way off", the Safari Park team decided that they should start moving animals in before it gets too hot to allow them time to acclimatize to the Dubai weather.

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