LAHORE - As many as 13 veterinary doctors have been recruited for wildlife parks and zoos in Punjab.

Two veterinary doctors will be posted at every wildlife parks and one at every zoo in the province.

Addressing the first Breeders’ Convention at Lahore Zoo yesterday, Wildlife & Parks Director General Khalid Ayaz Khan said the newly-recruited doctors would also provide guideline to private breeders.

Khalid Ayaz Khan further said the online information system has been introduced for the guidance and assistance of breeders for protecting wildlife from diseases. He said the government was considering enhancing the period of renewal of license for breeding from two years to five years.

However, breeders would have to provide all data of sale of birds and animals at the time of submitting application for renewal, the DG said. All possible facilities would be provided to small breeders simplifying process of importing wildlife for breeding, he added.

Mr Khan said the matters about the exchange of varieties of wildlife with private breeders and Wildlife Department were finalised. “The purpose of this convention is to share the experiences of experts and private breeders for formulating a coordinated policy for development and promotion of this sector,” he told the media earlier.

The wildlife department is breeding all kinds of Chinkara, Black Buck, Hog Deer, Spotted Deer, Mouflan Sheep, Peafowl and Pheasant at breeding farms throughout the province, according to Khan, who added that after breeding, the department gifted local and foreign wildlife to Sindh, Balochistan and KPK.