Sitting close to the shores to the Lagos – Atlantic Ocean, the Origin Gardens in Ebute – Ikorodu, is an edifice most residents of Ikorodu community never knew exists.
Located on Prince Abiola Kosoko Close, Ebute, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, the facility boasts of a museum with filled with relics gathered from every part of Nigeria and primarily, hosts a zoo with different animals from across the world. The building also houses an event hall, a mini bar as well as hosts a boat jetty.
To enter the zoo to check out the animals, a token of N500 is charged by the facility managers while another N500 is charged for entering into the museum where the artifacts are kept.
Visitors of the spot can enjoy the serene environment, the beautiful view of the flowing water, as well as choice finger foods.
Animals seen at the zoo includes an 80-year old tortoise, a monkey named Pamela, hyenas, crocodiles, ostrich, baboons and other wild monkeys. Also, the zoo houses pythons, a Southern African Eagle, parrots, peacocks, a lion, among many other animals.
According to the director of the facility, Prince Kosoko, the “zoo is the first privately run zoo in Lagos and Nigeria.”
He continued saying that: “This place has existed for a decade and there are still some residents who doesn’t know we have something this magnificent in the heart of Ikorodu. We have seen people who visited the place for the first time and are wowed about the kind of animals they see here.”
On how tourism can be used to drive economic development, Prince Kosoko said: “We as a nation have not done enough to tap into the enormous offerings of tourism to grow our economy. There are other interesting places that people have never been to in Ikorodu which is of great importance to Nigeria and even Africa.”
Below are some photos captured at the zoo by the InsideMainland team.