Al Numan Park in Barka, First Zoo for Rare Animals in Sultanate

Al Nu’man Park is one of the rare parks located in the Wilayat of Barka in the Governorate of South Al Batinah, specifically in the village of Al Nu’man near Al Nu’man Heritage House and contains many tourist attractions for tourists and visitors.

The park was opened on 18 November 2009. It is located on a total area of more than 10,000 square meters, in addition to a parking space.

Ahmed bin Abdul Rahim al-Balushi, owner of the park said “The idea of establishing Al Nu’man Park came because of my hobby of bringing animals that have been in my possession for more than 20 years. I bought a number of animals, especially rare and beautiful ones from the Sultanate and from GCC and Asian countries, and I kept them in my own farm. When I grew up, I started to make cages and put the animals in those cages. Then I got the idea of a zoo, and at that time the area of my farm was very small, so I bought a number of neighbouring farms to have an area of more than ten thousand square meters”.

On the purpose of the park, al-Balushi said that it is to make people happy by watching different animals, and the country in need for such rare projects to be a recreational space for families and an educational tool for children and schoolboys to know about the animals in the park.

Al-Balushi said: “There are different kinds of animals in the park, including predators, and domesticated animals, in addition to reptiles and birds. There are also a lion and a leopard (I bought from Italy), as well as hyenas, foxes, nymphs, various snakes, crocodiles and several species of monkeys, some of them bred in the garden, in addition to rare animals like raccoons, deer, horses and other animals”.

He added,”Birds are many, including chickens, ducks, geese, ostriches and peacocks, which vary according to their source. They spread throughout the garden. There are also rare and colorful birds, eagles and falcons. I put a short profile about each animal in front of each cage, so that visitors, particularly schoolboys, come to know about these animals”.

On the maintenance of the zoo, al-Balushi said, “The park employs a number of workers, who take care of all animals of the park. There is contact with veterinarians in order to ensure the health of animals and to carry out periodic checks. As for feeding of some predators, such as the lion and the tiger, we need 8 kg of meat daily”.

He pointed out that the park has rest and accommodation for visitors from outside the Wilayat of Barka at nominal prices. He added that there are all facilities, such as a swimming pool, a special place for barbecue, in addition to a number of restaurants and shops.

He added that recently a special section has been added for heritage items, a permanent exhibition in which all kinds of old coins, postage stamps, traditional old clothes, old machines, such as sewing machines and various photocopiers, and copies of the old Omani newspapers are displayed in order to introduce the Omani heritage to visitors from inside and outside the Sultanate.

Ahmed al-Balushi, owner of Al Nu’man Park, said that the total cost of the project, so far has reached more than RO1.5 million.

The opening dates of the park to visitors starting from 9 am to 9 pm with nominal entry fees used to ensure the costs of taking care of the animals like eating, drinking, veterinary inspection, cleaning and others.

Source: Oman News Agency