15:54 22.08.2013

Leadership of Kyiv zoo avoids signing of agreement to build oceanarium, reports Nemo chain

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Kyiv, August 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The head of the board of founders of the Nemo dolphinarium chain and the chairman of the supervisory board at Breath of Nature Ltd., Andriy Kyslovsky, has complained that the leadership of Kyiv zoo won't sign an agreement to transform an unfinished primates pavilion located on its territory into an oceanarium.

"Knowing the prospects in this issue, that this [primates pavilion] would never be finished, we proposed to redesign this facility into a dolphinarium-oceanarium... On July 12, 2012 Kyiv Council took a relative decision to convert the unfinished pavilion of anthropoid apes into the Kyiv oceanarium. We're an investor in this project," Kyslovsky said at the press conference hosted by Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.

Moreover, he said that the agreement on joint activities to implement the investment project, which Kyiv city council ordered zoo leadership to sign over a year ago, has not been signed yet.

"It hasn't been signed for unclear reasons... In private talks we receive positive reports and hear about the desire to cooperate and sign the agreement," the head of the board of founders of the dolphinarium chain said.

According to him, the leadership of Kyiv zoo won't sign an agreement explaining for fear of being criticized by public environmentalist organizations.

"We as investors are suffering now... We opened a credit line to implement this project, it isn't being fulfilled, and we incur losses," he said.

He also reported that Odesa district administrative court obliged the zoo leadership to sign an agreement with the investor.

Besides, Kyslovsky added that the facility would be built in two years after the agreement is signed.

"About UAH 16 million was spent on unfinished primates pavilion... we could spend UAH 70 million of non-budget funds, our funds, on the implementation of this project," Kyslovsky said.

He also told journalists that the approximate area of the oceanarium could total about 5,000 square meters.

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