Tag: Zoos in Pakistan

Islamabad’s Old Zoo Acting as a Temporary Shelter for a Few Animals

Before it was forced to close over its “intolerable” treatment of animals, the Islamabad Zoo was home to neglected elephants and underfed lions pacing back and forth behind the bars of their enclosures. Now, four years later, it is providing a refuge for motherless leopard cubs, tigers seized from owners who kept them as status […]

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, […]

Close Down the Karachi Zoo

Did you know that out of tragic necessity, India’s Mumbai Zoo is rapidly transforming into a taxidermy museum. Since they are unable to replace animals that die in their cramped and filthy cages, zoo officials have concluded that it would be better to stuff ‘expired’ animals and subsequently put them on display. Hence, the zoo’s […]

Pakistan Does NOT Need Zoos

The announcement by the Punjab’s caretaker Chief Minister in July 2023 regarding the construction of new zoos with international standards in major towns, including Lahore, raises questions about the government’s priorities and the potential consequences of such a decision. Pakistan’s history with animals and zoos is indeed tainted, marked by a lack of proper care […]

Lahore Zoo Animals Contract Blood Parasite Disease

In September 2023, the outbreak of the African Trypanosomiasis, a vector-borne parasitic disease among various herbivores and carnivores, which targets their blood and other vital organs like the liver, lungs and stomach, has raised concerns among veterinary experts, who fear for the lives of the animals stuck in captivity. “Many animals including lions, tigers, Urials […]

Four Black Deer Missing from Jallo Park in Lahore

In Jan 2024, the search for four precious and rare black deer, missing from Jallo Wildlife Park in Lahore for the past four days, continues without any breakthrough. Details emerging from the investigation indicate that on the night of January 11 and 12, seven valuable black deer were stolen from Jallo Wildlife Park. While the […]

Jallo Park in Lahore Attracts Crowd

After the temporary closure of Lahore Zoo and Safari Park due to ongoing upgradation projects in late 2023, Jallo Park experienced a surge in visitors. The newly established lion safari at Jallo Forest and Wildlife Park, a first of its kind, offers a unique experience for wildlife enthusiasts. Additionally, the introduction of a zip line […]

Tigers Kill One Intruder at Bahawalpur Zoo

Tigers named Radjah and Dehli, were on the loose. In a tragic incident at Bahawalpur Zoo in Dec 2023, four tigers attacked and killed an unidentified person who had entered the zoo during the night. The trespasser fell into the tiger enclosure, where the caged animals tore him apart and consumed his remains. At 11:30 […]