'Dubai Safari' driving social networks wild

Soon after the news of Dubai zoo’s relocation, to 400-hectare ‘Dubai Safari' in Al Warqa, hit the stands, twitter was abuzz with messages applauding the decision to shift the animals to a more conducive environment than what is being provided for them currently in Jumeriah.

Until now, many such transfer projects were discussed and deliberated upon, but nothing materialised. Several announcements were even made about it being located, either at Al Mushrif or Dubailand.

“After years of multiple plans on paper & cramped cages. New #Dubai #Zoo Plan released. Hope it takes off!" tweeted Annabel Kantaria.

Emma Brain added, “Finally good news about #Dubaizoo now let's hope it doesn't take too long to happen.”

“#Dubai zoo” was trending on the twitter circuit early Monday morning, with residents expressing relief and happiness over the decision to move the animals out of its current cramped surroundings.

“Good! The current one is a sad & stinky excuse for a zoo anyway!” tweeted Nidhi Jha.

It is reported that ‘Dubai Safari’ will not only house animals (over 1,000 in numbers) from Dubai zoo, but also many more from zoos in other countries.

“Yes! That’s a good change, finally animal at Dubai Zoo will have a new home,” tweeted another resident, who goes by the handle MoHass.

The twitterati even applauded the efforts of Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, who made the announcement, with Paulita Barreto tweeting, “Dear Mr Hussain Lootah you are a good man and we truly look forward to the new safari for dubai Zoo animals well done.”

The official stated that the project, estimated to cost Dh150million, will be completed in a year-and-a-half.

“2 years though - another 2 years those animals have to suffer - that's not great news!” tweeted Claire Robertson.