An animal park will be created on the site of the Marghazar zoo
Islamabad: An animal park at a cost of 1.6 billion rupees would be established on the site of the dismantled Marghazar zoo in accordance with the standards currently pursued at the international level.
The total area of the Marghazar Zoo was 25 acres, but the animal park would be established on 82 acres of land where no commercial activity would be permitted to ensure a full natural environment for the animals.
A state-of-the-art animal field hospital would also be available where veterinarians would work around the clock.
The ministry contacted wildlife experts and asked them to share their suggestions. A panel would shortlist the experts who would later give briefings to the climate change ministry.
The animal feed experts would give their suggestions on the food chain that would be necessary for the survival of animal species in the animal park.
Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered in May to move all animals from Marghazar Zoo to sanctuaries after reports emerged highlighting lack of facilities and unfavorable living conditions for 917 animals and birds of different species.
In its judgment, the IHC observed that the conditions in which the zoo animals were kept “certainly caused them distress and pain. There is a lack of will on the part of the federal government, the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) and the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) to care for the alien species of animals at the zoo.
The climate change ministry spokesman said the government would establish an animal park in the capital where all the necessary facilities would be available to keep the animals in natural living conditions.
He said that funds have been allocated for the project but that a donor agency is still interested in expanding its financial support in this regard.