Plight of the Pachyderm

By Mahera Omar Kaavan, the lone wild-caught Asian elephant in captivity at Islamabad Zoo since 30 years. The Pakistani government wants 10 African elephants from Namibia, a small country in the south of Africa. Their application is being considered for a decision, as confirmed to The Namibian by Romeo Muyunda, spokesperson for the Namibian Ministry […]

World Elephant Day at Karachi Zoo

Today as the international community celebrates World Elephant Day, nobody in Karachi seems to have spared a thought for the four baby elephants in our city. We went to the Karachi Zoo to visit 10 year old Noor Jehan and Madhubala this evening. Noor Jehan and Madhubala are the two baby elephants kept captive at […]

Animal Abuse at the Karachi Zoo

‘Death by negligence’ – these words are now nearly synonymous with the fates of the numerous animals unfortunate enough to call the Karachi Zoo their home. Established in 1878 and originally called the Mahatma Ghandi Garden, it wasn’t until the independence of Pakistan, in 1947, that it was renamed the Karachi Zoo. Once the biggest […]

Unchaining the elephants – and the minds of our zoo managers

Guest post by Naeem Sadiq: We agreed to disagree. That may be a polite expression to describe the interview a group of ‘ele-friends’ (Rumana Husain, prostate Mahera, find Sajjad and Naeem) had with the Director of the Karachi Zoo. The more we systematically enumerated our well-rehearsed roles and arguments, vcialis 40mg the more we realised […]

Zoo compromises on feed for turtles, crocs

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN: KARACHI: Water birds, online turtles and crocodiles at the zoo have not been properly fed for the past few months apparently because the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has not paid dues to contractors despite earning millions of rupees every year from the facility, clinic it emerged on Saturday. More here.

Shut down Karachi Zoo

According to the Born Free Foundation, “Wild animals do not belong in zoos. They belong in the wild.” The barren concrete enclosures of the Karachi zoo are a prime example of the suffering captive animals endure in captivity. Faiza Ilyas’ report in today’s DAWN newspaper quotes zoologist Abida Raees, an official of the zoo, justifying […]