Zoo officials said that with waiting times reaching up to five hours, at one point the crowds became so large the zoo was forced to temporarily close all ticket sales for two hours.
The project, which has been three years in the making, is currently in the finishing stages ahead of its anticipated opening in September 2021 with the arrival of its first animal occupants in June 2021.
The large mammals will be given CBD oil in an experiment that might be extended to other animals.
It took vets especially flown in from South Africa five hours to deal with the 20-year-old Israeli-born African Elephant’s teeth and last tusk after it was discovered to be in “very bad condition.”
The port of Berenike where the fortress was discovered was one of a chain dotted along the Red Sea to help supply war elephants to the Ptolemies, whose last leader was Cleopatra.
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