Old Town Souk

Jeddah is one of those cities in Kingdom that attract the highest amount of tourist traffic. Being the second largest city in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah beautifully incorporates all those elements that promise vacationers and tourists an unforgettable experience. One of the sites in the city that deserves a slot on your list of worth-visiting sites is Al-Balad.



Jeddah Zoo

Telephone: 026200947

Al Anaam Zoo (Beautiful Creatures Zoo)

Telephone: 026710788

Plans for building build a new zoo in east Jeddah will soon be in process by early 2014 as of the dismantling of the Beautiful Creatures Zoo because of the many people complaining about the bad smell and dengue-carrying mosquitos from the zoo. The Beautiful Creatures Zoo is located at Tahliyah Street just beside the bridge on the Jeddah-Makkah highway. As soon as the municipality identifies possible partners, including foreign companies, they will start building the new zoo. Several studies are being carried out to determine what will be needed for the new facility as well as the Jeddah Urban Development and Investment Company that is planning to develop an exclusive area for recreational activities for Jeddah residents where the zoo will be set up in a spacious place. The proposed development will include a golf course and forest.

The Beautiful Creatures zoo was established during the year 1985 by Saudi businessman Wasmi Al-Wasmi and was soon closed for about one year. There was around 100 animals that were in the zoo at that time, to which they have been sold to facilities across the country.

Jeddah's other zoo was owned by the municipality and has been closed for almost a decade now. It hosted more than 500 animals including 15 tigers, and dozens of lions and birds; but, some of the tigers and lions have been transferred to zoos in other cities including Riyadh and Taif. The rest of the animals are still held at the location and are being cared for by a company specialized in dealing with wildlife in captivity.

The Beautiful Creatures Zoo was established in Jeddah on 16,000 square meters of land. Al-Wasmi owned some of the land and leased the other part from Jeddah Municipality. This zoo was very popular; families would always enjoy their time there and it was filled with people and tourists. It also had a variety of animals including tigers, lions, elephants, chimpanzees and different species of birds. With the rapid development of Jeddah, the zoo found itself in a residential area. There were also plans to build a highway and bridge in the area. In addition to the many animal lovers in Jeddah, the zoo has been a focal point for the people who complained a lot about the condition of the zoo because of the cramped space and the poor condition of the animals as well as its bad smell, noise and traffic.

An investigation was launched by the Ministry of Agriculture, Civil Defense and Jeddah Municipality into the grievances of residents and the status of the animals. It was then decided not to renew the lease on the land owned by the municipality. Al-Wasmi tried to move the zoo to another area, but his plan failed to work. But, there are also some private zoos in Saudi Arabia, including Dammam, Hafar Al-Bateen, Arar, Al-Kharj, Riyadh and Taif. The recently opened Othaim Shopping Mall in Dammam has Bengal tigers in its animal section. Some pet stores also keep wild animals and are open to visitors and tourists.