Agodi Gardens

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Agodi Garden, Ibadan

Agodi Gardens
LocationIbadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Coordinates7°24′25″N 3°53′57″E / 7.40694°N 3.89917°E / 7.40694; 3.89917Coordinates: 7°24′25″N 3°53′57″E / 7.40694°N 3.89917°E / 7.40694; 3.89917
Area150 acres (61 ha)
Established1967
Governing bodyBureau of Investment Promotion and Public Private Partnerships (BIP/PPP)

Agodi Gardens is a tourist attraction in the city of Ibadan.[1] Also called Agodi Botanical Gardens, Agodi Gardens,Ibadan, the site is a serene environment on 150 acres of land. It is usually patronised by families during festive periods and weekends. While the children's facilities in the garden include a swimming pool with inflated balloons, grown-ups may use any of the diverse tropical trees for picnics and other social gatherings while enjoying the cool breeze.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

Formerly called Agodi Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Agodi Gardens was created in 1967. The garden was destroyed by the Ogunpa flood disaster in 1980 as most of the animals were swept away by the raging water. The garden was renovated in 2012 by the Oyo State Government and the new Agodi Gardens was reopened in 2014.[5]

Attractions[edit]

  • Water park
  • Lake
  • Mini zoo
  • Play area and rides for children
  • Picnic and Gardens area

Lion Attack[edit]

In late September 2017, a zookeeper at the Agodi Zoo was attacked by one of the lions. The zookeeper attacked by the lion was Mr. Hamzat Oyekunle popularly known as Baba Olorunwa. He later died from injuries sustained.[6] The zoo was closed immediately by the Oyo State Government.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Okereke, Dominic (2012). Africa's Quiet Revolution Observed from Nigeria. Paragon Publishing. p. 504. ISBN 978-1-908-3418-77.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Jacobs, Joke (2001). Oyo State: Pace-Setter in a New Democratic Dawn. Glow Communications. ISBN 9789782210845.[page needed][self-published source]
  3. ^ Oladele, Bisi (10 September 2014). "Life Returns to Agodi Gardens". The Nation. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  4. ^ Busari, Tunde (20 June 2015). "Ibadan Returns to Good Old Days with Agodi Resort". Newswatch Times. Retrieved 11 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Obuekwe, Chiamaka (28 June 2017). "Review of Agodi Gardens". The Guardian (Nigeria). Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  6. ^ Ajayi, Ola (30 September 2017). "Lion Kills Man in Ibadan". Vanguard Online. Vanguard (Nigeria). Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  7. ^ https://oyostate.gov.ng/oyo-state-government-the-closure-of-agodi-zoological-gardens/

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