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Empty Parks | National Children’s Park & Zoo, Abuja

National  Children’s Park & Zoo, Abuja

‘I didn’t know we had a zoo in Abuja’ – said a friend who resides in the nation’s capital when she heard we were going there.

Heck we didn’t know too but since it was on our Abuja itinerary we knew there had to be something like that there.

Located in Asokoro behind the presidential villa lies a large expanse of land that has animals scattered around in various nooks and crannies, a play area for kids and a lake side cafe in an area designated as the National Children’s Park & Zoo.


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Ticket stop


One thing we noticed when we got there was how empty it was (I thought it might have been because of the day and time but our next stop on the itinerary proved me wrong). The explanation for it being empty is probably because only a handful of people know it exists and because apparently it’s been neglected for a while.


Not a soul in sight


We paid our fees and started our tour of the park. We saw some animals like crocodiles, a buffalo and a rabbit. Not enough to make it a full fledged zoo but definitely adequate enough to pique children’s interest.