A fresh start for freshwater turtles

A hearing at the Malir District Court today has cleared the consignment of 218 turtles confiscated at Karachi airport on 20th September for return to their natural habitat this coming Thursday. Details about the recovery are here. The next hearing is expected to set the penalty for the offending party and is scheduled for Saturday, […]

It’s turtle nesting season in Karachi

There’s an article by Faiza Ilyas in DAWN today about sea turtle hatchlings being available at animal markets in Karachi. KARACHI, Nov 11: Illegal trade in marine turtles seems to be booming in the city as a group of volunteers, who claimed to have bought 200 green turtles from a market, released some of them […]

A threatened species

Editorial in DAWN: In an encouraging sign for advocates of animal welfare, stomach the World Wide Fund for Nature, thumb along with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department, prostate has initiated a programme to track leopards in Ayubia National Park with radio collars. As reported in this paper, the collars will aid conservationists in monitoring the […]

Say no to Dolphin Shows in Karachi

Today’s DAWN has a report by Faiza Ilyas on WWF’s recommendation to the government to not bring dolphin shows to Pakistan. In a position paper launched on Wednesday, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) states, “We strongly recommend to the government and concerned agencies to re-consider the initiative and look into the matter in […]

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 […]

Wildlife secretary backed controversial import of big cats

Faiza Ilyas in DAWN: KARACHI, hospital Sept 8: While the Sindh wildlife department is ‘observing’ silence over the legal status of the big cats currently housed in the zoo, order correspondence between government departments over the past two months shows that the wildlife and forest secretary had also endorsed a request of the Karachi Metropolitan […]