Marg­hazar Zoo yet de­prived of lions, leop­ards

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - CITY RE­PORTER IS­LAM­ABAD—

The Margazar Zoo in the fed­eral cap­i­tal, sup­posed to be model for other cities across the coun­try, gives a mis­er­able look with cages of lions, leop­ards and snakes ly­ing va­cant for last sev­eral years.

How­ever, the blithe at­ti­tude on part of the city ad­min­is­tra­tion is more wor­ri­some who could not man­age to bring the miss­ing an­i­mals to the zoo, nei­ther by pur­chase nor ex­change deals that are com­mon with wildlife as­so­ci­a­tions across the world.

Ac­cord­ing to a CDA of­fi­cial, there had been no lions since last one decade when the an­i­mal died there ow­ing to pro­longed ill­ness, though in 2001, the zoo had a pair of lions and six chee­tahs.

The pair of lions died and the CDA do­nated the chee­tahs on pre­text of lack­ing fa­cil­i­ties to house of the an­i­mals. Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, four were handed over to Loi Bher, Jun­gle Park Zoo and rest two to Jun­gle Wood Park of the Army.

What to talk of pur­chas­ing the lion, the CDA could not even con­struct the fa­cil­ity to keep the lion at zoo, as in the past, the CDA had to stop the pur­chas­ing process of the an­i­mal due to the same rea­sons.

As an­other blow, the fe­male elephant ‘Sa­heli’ also died in the re­cent past mys­te­ri­ously, though the ex­act causes of her death are yet to be as­cer­tained as post-mortem report was not yet fi­nal.

An of­fi­cial said the project of new Margazar Zoo is in progress that would en­com­pass all fa­cil­i­ties and an­i­mals, which are now miss­ing in the zoo. He said un­der the project, the CDA has planned to bring three lions and a pair of leop­ards.

He said be­sides the project com­prises fenc­ing of ex­ist­ing en­clo­sures for an­i­mals, devel­op­ment of sit-out ar­eas, re­place­ment of sheets at sheds, es­tab­lish­ment of hatch­ery and in­cu­ba­tors. More­over, a se­cu­rity sys­tem would be in­stalled at the zoo in­clud­ing walk­through gates, se­cu­rity cam­eras.

He said a month ago, the CDA had floated ten­ders to im­port lions, elephant, gi­raffe and chee­tahs, he added.

The on­go­ing zoo ex­pan­sion project com­prises all features to make the zoo a state-of-the-art though fi­nan­cial crunch im­pedes the project, the CDA is try­ing its ut­most to im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties for an­i­mals at the zoo be­sides mak­ing up all de­fi­cien­cies in it, he added.

PO photo Sul­tan Bashir

IS­LAM­ABAD: A vil­lager tak­ing nap at bank of Ko­rang River while his an­i­mals are graz­ing.

IS­LAM­ABAD: Mu­si­cal per­for­mance dur­ing art & mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion or­ga­nized by SEED at a lo­cal ho­tel.—

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