The Dubai Zoo has two claims to fame: It's the oldest zoo in the Arabian Peninsula, and it breeds the rare chimpanzee and Arabian wildcat. Beyond that, the zoo holds little claim to greatness. Its size is inadequate to the number of animals, too often kept in small cages, and it's often just too plain hot here. The good news is the zoo's located in a shaded area of Jumeirah surrounded by a number of trees. There are about 200 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish at the zoo, including some Arabian and endangered species. Many of the exotic animals housed here were actually seized in Dubai's ports.
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