Over 500 Rare Animals go “Missing” from the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad


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On Saturday, it was reported that over five hundred rare and exotic animals have went missing from the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad. As per the reports, the exact number of the missing animals of rare species comes to AT LEAST 513. Islamabad court is looking into the matter right now as the negligence of the zoo authorities is being questioned.

In May, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed to hand over the management of the zoo to the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB). The court further ordered to shift the animals from the zoo to other shelters or zoos due to the adverse conditions and basic facilities not being available in the Marghazar Zoo. The Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) – which was managing the zoo before the hand over – released a report which revealed that there were a total of 917 animals and birds of different species in the zoo in July 2019.


Conflicting Reports

In comparison to the 917 reported before, handover documents (dated July 16, 2020) contradicted the number largely. They showed that only 404 animals were shifted from the zoo to other places. In fact, the numbers are all over the place, showing increase in animals of some species such as Barking Deer and the Hog Deer increasing from three to five and seven to ten respectively and on the other hand, showing massive drops in numbers of others.

Among the animals whose numbers fell are;

  • The Chinkara Gazelle – having its population go from seven to three.
  • Mallard Ducks, whose population went from 108 to 74.
  • The Black Buck Gazelle – reducing from four to three.
  • Spotted Deers, reducing to 11 from 12 within a year.
  • Urial – seeing a massive drop from eleven to just four in just one year.
  • Nilgai (Blue Bull) – going from 18 to 16.
  • Zebras, falling from five to four.
  • Rose Ringed Parakeets – getting their population reduced from 136 to a measly 30.
  • The count for common doves, who were counted at 255 last year. Their numbers were completely omitted from the handover documents.

Sources say that the precious missing animals and birds have either died because of the negligence of the zoo’s management or have been stolen.


The Zoo’s Management’s Continued Negligence

The Islamabad Court is looking into the matter as negligence of the zoo’s management is being questioned. Authorities are hoping that they are able to find out what transpired with the missing wildlife. It is also important to note that the zoo’s management was already in trouble earlier as the case of a lion couple being burned to death arose during transport from the zoo and an FIR was lodged against the caretakers.

Its such a tragedy that humans have stopped caring for other life. If cases like these continue arising, it would be better to just abolish all zoos altogether. Hopefully, compassion for life still lives in the hearts of people and it doesn’t come to that.


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