Capital zoo to be converted into wildlife conservation center (Prime Minister’s help) – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam announced on Wednesday that the Marghazar Zoo will be converted into a world-class wildlife conservation center.

In a video message, Aslam said a decision to this effect was taken by the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) at its second meeting held on December 8.

IWMB President Rina Saeed Khan chaired the meeting.

With a new name, Margalla Wildlife Conservation Center, the facility will be the first state-of-the-art and well-planned facility established under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Clean and Green Program for Global Environmental Sustainability and the wildlife conservation. .

It will be home to local wildlife kept in open enclosures for public entertainment, education and research purposes, the prime minister’s aide revealed.

Said the facility will provide entertainment, educate people

Mr Aslam said: “This is a totally new concept in biodiversity conservation efforts. Spanning over 82 acres in the foothills of Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP), the conservation center will house wildlife sanctuaries, a veterinary hospital, a native species rescue and trauma center, and research on flora and fauna of the MHNP.

Due to its proximity to the national park, the area is a natural habitat for wildlife, which will be redesigned to help fulfill national commitments regarding conservation, protection and welfare goals of wildlife, a- he added.

“All available resources would be used to develop a facility at the Margalla Wildlife Conservation Center to enable the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in their natural habitat within the national park. It is also part of the rescue and rehabilitation plan for injured and abandoned wild animals as well as their treatment and feeding for their full rehabilitation. They would be released to their natural habitat after their recovery at the conservation center, ”said the special assistant.

Explaining the overarching goals, the prime minister’s assistant said the proposed wildlife conservation center would aim to promote wildlife conservation and sustainability.

The planned rehabilitation / rescue center would have well trained staff with well qualified and trained rescue, rehabilitation and wildlife management skills; veterinarians and wildlife specialists to ensure strong management with scientific operations based on the concept of animal welfare and health care for them, he added.

The introduction of electric trains is also part of the plan that would provide visiting families, especially children, a lively, pollution-free entertainment experience of being in the world-class animal safari park.

Mr Aslam said the center will also play a key role in promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism in the Margalla Hills National Park area. “We firmly believe that by preserving wildlife, we ensure that future generations can enjoy our natural world and the incredible species that live there,” he noted.

However, to help protect wildlife, it is important to understand how species interact within their ecosystems, how they are affected by environmental and human influences, and to think about viable ways to address the challenges of conservation and conservation. wildlife protection, added the Prime Minister’s assistant.

Posted in Dawn, le 10 December 2020


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