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Overhaul plan for Giza Zoo stirs controversy in Egypt 

The historic zoo is in need of renovation, but critics fear that the government's announced plan may make things worse.
Giza zoo

The Giza zoo, a lush 80-acre oasis in the heart of Cairo bordered by urban sprawl and thundering traffic, is a popular attraction for millions of poor and middle-class Egyptians.

Families and couples go there to picnic or stroll under the shade of the park's towering palms and eucalyptus trees. With free entry for children and tickets selling at 5 Egyptian pounds (17 cents) for adults, the zoo is one of a handful of leisure destinations that remain affordable.

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