Category: Peshawar

Supreme Court Disallows Import of Elephants

The Supreme Court on May 8, 2023, rejected a plea seeking an approval for import of African elephants for a zoological garden in Peshawar. A three-judge SC bench comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Shahid Wahid dismissed the plea. During the hearing, Deputy Attorney General Raja Shafqat Abbasi, through a concise statement, […]

Sindh Gives Three Crocodiles to Peshawar Zoo

Three mugger crocodiles, donated by the Sindh Wildlife Department, arrived in Peshawar Zoo in Feb 2023 where a special enclosure has been constructed for them. Peshawar Zoo Deputy Director Haseena Anbarin said that the zoo is being developed and built as per a master plan which was devised with an aim to provide education, recreation […]

Animals in Miserable Condition in Pakistani Zoos

The death of a rare breed giraffe at the Lahore Zoo in Feb 2022 has once again highlighted the problems of short-staffing, distressed animals, inadequate facilities – leading to questions like whether it is time to abandon zoos altogether. The autopsy report revealed that the giraffe, which was a resident of the Lahore zoo since […]

More Deaths at Peshawar Zoo in Feb 2022

Opened nearly four years ago, Peshawar’s lone zoo is marred with staff shortages which has led to a high number of animal deaths raising questions on the viability of the zoo itself. The Peshawar Zoo, which is spread over 29 acres of land and is one of the largest in the country, was opened to […]

Not Again. Importation of Elephants for the Peshawar Zoo

Peshawar Zoo moves SC to import elephants Veterinarians give Kaavan, the elephant at the Islamabad Zoo, a medical exam to determine the state of his health. The Supreme Court has told the federal government to file its reply on the import of a pair of elephants for the Peshawar Zoo. The notices were issued on […]

Peshawar High Court Asks About Deaths in the Zoo

In July 2020, the Peshawar High Court directed the wildlife department’s secretary and chief conservator and Peshawar Zoo director to respond to a petition seeking an inquiry into the death of zoo animals in recent months. A bench consisting of Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Mohammad Naeem Anwar issued notices to the three respondents […]

Peshawar Offers Cash for Catching Stray Dogs

Initiative is part of efforts to control growing population of stray dogs and to protect public from rabies To control the increasing population of stray dogs in the provincial capital in a humane manner, the Peshawar Livestock Department has decided to neuter these animals. The Livestock Department has decided to offer an Rs200 cash reward […]

Import of African Elephants for Peshawar Zoo Not Legal

The import of a pair of African elephants from Zimbabwe to Peshawar Zoo is in limbo as the federal ministry of climate change has declined to issue no objection certificate to the contractor as of Nov 2019. KP Provincial environment minister Syed Mohammad Ishtiaq said that the climate change ministry had refused to entertain his […]

Abject State of Zoos in Pakistan

When animals fall victim to unwarranted human intervention and ineptitude, it gives pause for reflection. Almost every week in Pakistan brings to light some distressing cases. Recently, a snow leopard — listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species with a population of only around 200 in Pakistan — was found dead in its cage at Peshawar Zoo. […]