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The Pakistan Government’s Ministry of Climate Change has announced that it is planning to launch electric train in Islamabad in the soon-to-be-established wildlife safari park. This newly planned electric wildlife safari train will serve to extend quality entertainment to visitors and to attract more tourist towards the recreational place that is going to replace the now closed Islamabad Marghazar Zoo soon.
Earlier in May of this year, Islamabad High Court took notice of the condition that of the animals kept in the Marghazar zoo and ordered them to shut down the facility after they relocate all of the zoo’s 400 animals to better sanctuaries and suitable environments. Now that it is finally done and the Islamabad zoo closed last week after the last of its animals were sent abroad, a new Safari Park is taking its place.
As per the press release issued by the climate change ministry, the government aims to create a pollution free amusement park for the visiting families, especially for children, through the new electric train in the safari park. The statement also said that in order to become competent enough to protect wildlife, it is necessary to understand how various species interact within their ecosystem and how they’re affected by environmental and human influences.
In order to do this, a wildlife conservation and an information centee in the area will be built. The Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam, also added that for creating public awareness about local flora and fauna, a department concerned with dealing with said things will also be made.
A Fall from Grace
The Marghazar Zoo was originally established to serve as as a home for exotic animals, way back in 1978. It stretched over 1000 acres and was aimed to be set as a standard for zoos. Contrary to its vision though, it has drawn condemnation from all over the world in recent years for the horrible treatment of the animals staying there, particularly Kaavan, who was named as the “World’s loneliest elephant”.
Since the order in May, animals have finally been shifted to the Marghzar Zoo in the Federal Capital to sanctuaries or conservations. Sadly enough, two lions and an ostrich died during this relocation. Kaavan however finally achieved freedom was flown to Cambodia last month and is being kept in an elephant sanctuary. On Wednesday, Marghazar Zoo was officially closed after the two Himalayan bears named Bubloo and Suzie i.e. the zoo’s last animals were sent to a sanctuary in Jordan.
Zoos across Pakistan are notorious for their poor conditions, also credited to the little legislation set in place to safeguard animal welfare. Thus, several stars and celebrities have raised their voice against zoos in Pakistan in the past, terming the caging of animals for public amusement as “Cruel and Evil”. For instance, in 2018, around 30 animals died within months of a new zoo opening in the northwestern city of Peshawar, including three snow leopard cubs.
They spoke up against the inhumane treatment of animals in the zoos, adding that all zoos in the country should be shut down. Their fans also followed suit in raising their voices against zoos in Pakistan. It seems this went somewhere as the government has now shut down the zoo and is planning to convert it into a wildlife conservation center!