ISLAMABAD – As another Eid is approaching, Marghazar Zoo is yet giving an uninhabited look because cages of lions, leopards, Giraffe and snakes are lying vacant for the last couple of years.
This year too the children of twin cities would have to return their homes with desperate look for not finding their most attractive animals and reptile in the zoo.
“This is my last visit. I would never be here again. Is this is a zoo where we can not enjoy the roaring lions, jumping tigers and unique giraffe,” said Maaz Ali, a class four student in an angry tune.
“We have also lost the last attraction of elephant ride with the death of female elephant. So what remain here to enjoy,” a girl Summayya Janjua said.
Mehran Khan, a frequent visitor at the zoo with his family told this agency that zoos of Karachi and Lahore are better as all these animals are seen there. “But unfortunately the zoo of the federal capital doesn’t have these animals,” he said.
He said the Marghazar Zoo authorities should bring lions, leopards and snakes to the zoo as the children love to see these animals.
The Zoo in the federal capital, supposed to be model for other cities across the country, gives a miserable look, he added.
It is more worrisome that administration 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, he said.
According to a CDA official, there had been no lions for 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 due to lack of facilities to a 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.
The official said the project of new Marghazar 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. The official 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. The project also comprises repair of bear house, crocodile house, tube-well, water tank and retaining wall of F-8 enclosure.
Ramzan Sajid, the CDA spokesman said, the ongoing zoo expansion project comprises all features to make the zoo a state-of-the-art and despite financial crunch, the CDA is trying its utmost to improve the facilities for animals at the zoo besides making up all deficiencies in it.