Having been chained for 20 years, ‘Saheli’ the female elephant of Islamabad zoo could no longer bear the ordeal of life in confinement, standing in one posture, infections in her feet and agony in her soul. She died on May 1, 2012. The six remaining elephants, thinly spread in four different zoos of Pakistan await a similar fate. ‘Kaavan’ in Islamabad, ‘Suzi’ in Lahore, ‘Noor Jehan’ and ‘Madhubala’ in Karachi zoo and ‘Malika’ and ‘Sonu’ at Safari Park. Ironically it is not our love but gifts, poaching, smuggling and selling that forcibly removed these elephants from their natural habitats. The elephants in our zoos may well be compared with the prisoners of Guantanamo – caged, tied with chains, confined in solitary cells, ill-treated, ill-fed and emotionally battered. Continue reading →
KARACHI, Oct 23: Taking cognizance of the irregularities allegedly committed by the city district government Karachi (CDGK) in what was described as the “procurement” of two donated elephants, the Sindh government has finally asked the CDGK for the relevant record to check violation of the prescribed rules, Dawn has learnt.
Sources said that the relevant record showed that an amount of about Rs20 million had been paid for the two elephants, which were, in fact, donated by Tanzania and no price had been charged.
Four wild-caught infant elephants from Tanzania have arrived in Karachi, despite much pressure from international organizations. PAWS has learnt that these infants were forcibly removed from their mothers, in one instance resulting in the death of the mother elephant as she tried to retrieve her baby. In Pakistan, the import of these elephants has also not been without controversy. Read more here.
LAHORE: The Lahore Zoo authorities on Saturday urged philanthropists and educational institutions to adopt Suzi, the only elephant at the zoo. The zoo officials said the zoo was running an Adaptation Scheme to encourage people to adopt and feed animals. Under this scheme, they said, as many as 18 animals had been adopted from 2001 to 2005.