Gatwala Wildlife Park

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Gatwala Wildlife Park is a wildlife park, botanical garden and breeding center located in the town of Gatwala in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan. It is situated near Khurrianwala and 140 kilometres (87 mi) away from Lahore Zoo.[1]

Gatwala Forest Park is a huge compound of more than 100 km2 that houses forest areas, parks, lakes and administrative buildings of the Ministry of Forestry, Government of Pakistan. Situated on the Shiekhupura Road / Lahore Road, its distance from the clock tower[which?] is almost 20 km. It is situated next to many residential colonies and towns of Metropolis of Faisalabad as a result of the extreme expansion of residential areas of Faisalabad.

The main attractions in Gatwala Park are the huge green parks that house few rides for children, flowing canals across the park, bamboo growing area, large forest areas and two lakes. Boating is done in one lake, whereas the other lake is the home to many crocodiles. Proper cordoning of the lake with crocodiles has created a safe area for people to view crocodiles from a distance. The park was established during 1984-85 to 1991-92 at a total cost of Rs.15.676 million under a development project "Establishment of Forest Park at Gatwala". This park is a combination of cultural, educational and amusement facilities. The park provided recreational facilities at economical charges and to educate the public about forests and forest types. The main objective to establish the park is to create awareness amongst the people regarding importance of Wildlife and its role for mankind. Reintroduction of wild animals to their natural habitats and to keep wild animals and birds in relatively open, semi wild and healthy environment captive breeding of wild birds and animals, particularly endemic herbivores and galliformes.

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  1. ^ "Gatwala Park". maps.google.com. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 

Coordinates: 31°28′41″N 73°12′30″E / 31.47806°N 73.20833°E / 31.47806; 73.20833