A slum zoo in Pakistan, as soon as residence to what has been dubbed the ‘loneliest elephant in the earth, is scheduling a enormous renovation with a budget of US $ 7.5 million.
This star back garden was as soon as an worldwide highlight for placing animals in slender concrete cages. Animal legal rights activists have also campaigned versus the zoo in Islamabad. They empathize with the plight of a 35-year-old bull, as effectively as the country’s past remaining Asian elephant who has lived alone considering that the death of a companion eight a long time previously.
Kaavan, as the lonely elephant is named, was moved to Cambodia late final 12 months after his suffering caught the awareness of US celebrity Cher, who served elevate money for the huge relocation. Kaavan now lives in the middle of hundreds of acres to investigate with dozens of good friends in northern Cambodia.
Islamabad Zoo has no natural vegetation and lots of of the animals there can do minor in a cage, other than pacing consistently. The zoo, which was established in 1978, is also so terrible that a Significant Court docket choose past calendar year purchased it to be shut and all of its animals eradicated.
Having said that, two of the lions died during their relocation when zoo keepers tried to launch them from the enclosure by burning the haystack.
Pakistan’s weather improve ministry is now in cost of the zoo’s rehabilitation venture with options to set up a a lot improved conservation center.
“We have temporarily moved some 380 animals, including monkeys, nilgai (antelopes), zebras and bears, to numerous shelters inside of and outdoors Pakistan,” stated Waqar Zakriya of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Council (IWMB).
“They will all be brought again, not to be kept in captivity but in nationwide parks in all-natural habitats,” he additional. (AFP / M-4)