LAHORE - Despite poor arrangements to entertain the visitors, the Lahore Zoo is likely to be the centre of attraction for the citizens on Eidul Fitr.

The administration claimed that it had set a revenue-collection record through the sale of tickets the previous year. According to data collected from the administration, 172,000 people visited the zoo during the three Eid days the previous year, breaking the five-year-old record. The management generated a revenue of Rs2.1 million through the sale of tickets during the festival, the data revealed.

The administration expects more visitors this year, though it has not adopted adequate measures to entertain the visitors, especially children. They added that no special programmes such as puppet shows, variety shows and dramas had been arranged by the zoo administration for Eid, perhaps because of security reasons.

“We expect more visitors on this Eid. That is why; we have increased the number of ticket booths at the entry gates with maximum parking facility to the visitors,” officials said. According to them, the administration has been making all-out arrangements for entertaining visitors. They say the management set up nine more ticket booths.

Briefing about arrangements, a zoo director said the administration generated Rs2.1 million on the previous Eid and expecting more revenue this year. He said sanitation and cleansing of zoo had been completed while the administration planned to deploy wildlife guides at various points, especially beside the cages of tigers and bears to provide necessary information to visitors.

The cages of tigers, lions and monkeys would be the centre of attraction for visitors, especially children, he added. Children also enjoy ride on Suzi, the popular elephant, he maintained, adding that a small area had also been reserved to set up jumping huts for kids. The director said leaflets and stickers, highlighting the importance of wildlife, would be provided free-of-cost to visitors.

He said the administration arranged first aid and an ambulance equipped with the latest medical tools would be available at the zoo to cope with any emergency. He said a contingent of police would patrol to avert any untoward incident. The staff have been issued special directives to facilitate the visitors, he said and reiterated his resolve to use the generated revenue for the development of zoo. According to him, the administration planned to buy more precious species from different countries.