With about 60 different animal species on display, the Kumasi Zoo lies adjacent to the Kumasi Cultural Centre in between the famous Kumasi Kejetia Bus Terminal and the old Kumasi Race course Market in the heart of the Ashanti regional capital.
Managed by the Wildlife Division of the Ghana Forestry Commission, the City centred walled Kumasi Zoo can boast of a green urban area and several animal species like primates ,rodents , reptiles ,ungulates ,carnivore and birds which provides a splendid tourism spectacle worth paying for.
The Kumasi Zoo which happens to be the only active Zoo in the hospitable and peaceful West African nation of Ghana following the closure of the Accra Zoo to make way for the construction of a presidential palace.
The Zoo was established in July 1957 by the then Asanteman Council with the aim of conserving wild life in the Ashanti Kingdom and also to display local fauna in captivity to satisfy the curiosity of the viewing public.
By extension, apart from generating revenue, the highly patronized zoo is to also promote the Ashanti culture to people of all walks of life as well as to offer a serene place for relaxation and recreation for visiting local and international tourists.
Statistics have it that amidst strong competition from other significant tourist sites in Ghana and the sub region as a whole, the Kumasi Zoo at the end of the year 2011 hosted over 97,000 visitors there by endorsing the claim that it is one of the main points of call for anyone who visits the Ashanti regional capital of Ghana.
The popularity of the Zoo can obviously be attributed to the hospitable nature of the people of the Ashanti Region just like any Ghanaian national as well as the strategic location the Zoo is situated.
The closeness of the zoo to one of the most visited sites in Ghana, the Kumasi Cultural Centre also plays key factor in the popularity of the Zoo.
Means for accommodation for visitors to the Kumasi is no problem since the Garden City of Kumasi has several international hotels to select from. The management of the Zoo can be contacted via telephone through the number +233 51 23842.