Margazar Zoo to get new female elephant, lion and leopard


Capital Development Authority has decided to import a female elephant a lion and an ostrich for the Marghzar Zoo.
CDA Chairman Tahir Shahbaz announced this decision while talking to media representatives during a visit to the zoo as part of a drive to conserve the environment.
He said that an up-gradation and expansion of the zoo was needed to add recreational facilities, to entertain children and provide a conducive atmosphere to them.
The chairman said that Phase-I of the expansion project had been completed at a cost of
Rs 19.37 million, and work on Phase-II would commence after completing the tendering process.
He added that a tendering process for the purchase of new cats for zoo would be floated.
He said that additional enclosures for the elephant and other animals had been constructed, which would help provide better facilities in the zoo.
Shahbaz said that CDA’s Environment Wing had chalked out a comprehensive programme for conservation of the environment and to raise awareness on environmental issues. The programme would be implemented in collaboration with partner organisations, NGOs, schools, colleges, civil society organisations and environmentalists.
He said that CDA would also launch an anti-littering campaign in the city as well.
Environment Member Kazim Niaz apprised the chairman that the Environment Wing had planned different activities in collaboration with public and private schools and NGOs to raise awareness for keeping the city clean and protecting the natural assets of Islamabad.
The CDA has collaborated with WWF to holding adventurous activities in Margallah Hills National Park which included hiking and training on vegetation management, plantation, improvement of degraded areas, site areas, picnic spots and other environmental conservation measures.