LAHORE - The Lahore Zoo has chalked out special programmes, including puppet shows, variety shows, and other entertainments to attract visitors especially the children during Eidul Azha holidays. Lahore Zoological Gardens Director Muhammad Naeem Bhatti told APP on Tuesday that wildlife guides would be deployed at various important points, especially near tiger and bear cages, to provide information to visitors about them, their natural habitat, habits, average life span and food.

Cages of tigers, lions and monkeys are likely to be the centre of attraction for visitors, especially children who enjoy each and every action of these animals.

He disclosed that a small area has also been earmarked for ‘jumping jacks’ for the kids. “Leaflets and stickers relating to the Lahore Zoo, describing its history and the origin of its wildlife wealth, would be given free of cost to visitors for their information”.

Special ticket booths, four each for men and women, would also be established at both entry points of the Zoo to facilitate visitors, he added.

The Director said that foolproof arrangements have been made to plug any possibility of pilferage of revenue, while the staff has been directed to take care of visitors and make their visit to the Zoo pleasant and enjoyable.

Responding to a query, he said that a Red Crescent ambulance equipped with latest medical facilities would be available in the Zoo premises in case of any emergency to provide quick medical aid to visitors.

Muhammad Naeem Bhatti said a contingent of reserve police and bomb disposal unit would carry out patrolling in and around the premises to avert any act of sabotage, pick-pocketing or eve-teasing.

“Services of a batch of armed security guards have also been acquired from the private sector,” he added.