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The confined spaces for the animals was one of the reasons Giza Zoo lost its accreditation with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2004 .The zoo boasts 4,500 animals of 28 species, according to Mohammad Rajai, who heads the government's central authority for zoos.About 150 people work in the zoo, and there are plans to increase that number.Rajai said the zoo's annual budget ranges from 13 million to 15 million pounds, raised through ticket sales, like all zoos across the country.The zoo now plans to start a breeding program and to sell some of the animals to give the others more space, Rajai said.Around 1.5 million Egyptians and 200,000 foreigners visit the zoo each year, with as many as 84,000 visitors a day during the spring holidays, he said.
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