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City zoo a signature away from being recognised internationally

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KARACHI: Induction of a rhinoceros, a giraffe and a hippopotamus in the cages of Karachi Zoo can help win recognition by Karachi Zoo on the world association of the zoo.
It is a pre-qualification for any of the zoo in the world to have five bigger animals to get world-class recognition.
In this regard a summary by the administration of Karachi Zoo is sent to Sindh Chief Minister Secretariat about two weeks back for the purpose of approval.
The application is a follow up of Qaim Ali Shah Chief Minister Sindh’s visit to Karachi Zoo where he was informed by the zoo administration about the lacking of these animals.
Karachi Zoo has lions and tigers but does not have rhino, giraffe and hippopotamus, said director Zoo Fahim Khan talking to Daily Times.
The induction of five big animals including elephant, rhino, lion, giraffe and hippopotamus would help acknowledge Karachi Zoo on international level. We have sent summary to Chief Minister Sindh for approval to purchase giraffe, rhino and hippopotamus and we are waiting for CM Sindh to sign the summary, said Fahim.
Referring to Rs 10 million grant for the development of Zoo announced by CM Sindh, Fahim said so far the amount has not been received.
On Wednesday, Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Salim Hotiana also visited the Karachi Zoo and directed officials to bring more animals and birds to the Zoo so that it could be made more attractive for visitors.
Chief Secretary also directed Zoo administration to prepare a nutrition plan for animals and allocate more funds on their diet and healthcare by curtailing the other unnecessary expenditures.
An internationally recognised Karachi Zoo would provide better knowledge of wildlife to common people and better recreational facilities to the visitors,” said Sindh chief secretary.
Spread over 33 acres of land, Karachi Zoo is the oldest zoo in the country after Lahore Zoo. About 3 million people visit Karachi Zoo annually. Karachi Zoo established in 1878 was commonly called as ‘Mahatma Gandhi Garden’. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the name was changed to ‘Karachi Zoological Gardens’ or ‘Karachi Zoo.’
Out of total area around 40 percent area has been allocated for captives where more than 900 animals, reptiles and birds are kept in cages. Karachi Zoo has the distinction to be home of ‘white lion pair’, a distinction from other zoos of the country. Wednesday has been fixed for women and children to visit zoo.
Regarding the purchase of desired animals, the zoo director told Daily Times that once the permission was granted, a formal advertising in the print media would follow the procedure.

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