MÉRIDA, YUC.- With the goal of offering more and better attractions for visitors to the Centenario and Animaya Bicentenario Zoos, the Municipal Public Services Department is working on the integration of a project through which various areas will be expanded and remodeled.
This plan aims to expand the area of felines of Animaya to double or triple its actual size, in order to turn it into an open space. Meanwhile, in the Centenario Zoo, adjustments will be made in the veterinarian and quarantine areas.
In this regard, the director José Collado Soberanis said they are analzing the partcular needs of each of these two Zoos, to determine priorities, and request mayor Renán Barrera Concha the necessary economic resources.
“So far we have not calculated the total budget, and do not have an exact amount yet because the projects are very ambitious, we want to leave Centenario and Animaya as similar as possible to the zoo of Chapultepec in Mexico City, which boasts open areas for lions, tigers, and other large animals. Chapultepec also features glass walls, that allow people to take a closer look at the animals in their natural habitat, “he explained.
Collado Soberanis also reported that they are in the process of re-certification of Centenario and Animaya zoos as Environmental Management Units (Unidades de Manejo Ambiental), with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).