Saturday, 09 March 2013 00:00
Editor Saturday Magazine - Love & Life (GUARDIAN)
OGBA Zoo is located in Benin City, Edo State. Going from Ring Road (City Center) in Benin, proceed on Airport Road for about 5 km and the Zoo is right on the main Road, between Oko and Ogba. The Oba Akenzua International Scout Camp is next door. Proposed NPDC HQ site is directly opposite.
The zoo started as a botanical garden and arboretum created from Ogba Forest reserve in 1966. A zoological garden was added in 1971, retaining the features of a nature park in an urban setting and owned by Edo State Government, Ministry of Environment, under Management (PPP). Ogba Zoo and Nature Park is managed by BENZOPA a non-governmental organization, which is into bio-diversity conservation and eco-tourism
There are different interesting animals in the Zoo, namely, Majestic lions, chimpanzees, giant tortoises, rock python, pea fowls, among others, with extensive landscaped grounds, picnic areas, children’s playground with diverse new equipment and pristine forest trails, river beach, etc. It is a perfect environment for relaxation, social events and environmental education, especially as it relates to conservation.
It is also an ideal place for scientific research in biology (field work), meditation, shooting films/musical videos, physical exercises or just fitness walk with plenty of fresh air, horse, camel and donkey rides for that perfect instant photos.
Zoo Opening Hours
From 9am to 6pm.
Added value at public festivals with special events: music, comedians, competitions with prizes.
Advance booking provides for special discounts and added amenities.
These include: refreshment centers, function halls, restaurant, outdoor, event grounds, picnic areas, large car park, conveniences, in-door and out-door games, camping, etc.
Visitor shelter of various sizes distributed at strategic locations for over 700 persons; group facilities with chairs/tables, storage, cooling, music/PA system, standby power, etc.
Zoo Gardens / Events Centre
An exclusive events ground with own access and robust facilities that take up to 1,500 guests with free spaces for side activities. It is ideal for wedding receptions, anniversaries, birthday parties, product launch, etc. (Day and Night).
Tight security provided with backups on request. Clean environment, running water, kitchens with dedicated staff
It’s an ideal place for family outings, school excursions, retreats, seminars, receptions, parties and other social events.