Islamabad Zoo

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Islamabad Zoo
Date opened 1978[1]
Location Pir Sohawa Road,
Islamabad, Pakistan Pakistan
Coordinates 33°44′3.47″N 73°3′32.81″E / 33.7342972°N 73.0591139°E / 33.7342972; 73.0591139Coordinates: 33°44′3.47″N 73°3′32.81″E / 33.7342972°N 73.0591139°E / 33.7342972; 73.0591139
Land area 82 acres (33 ha)[2]
Number of animals ~600
Number of species ?
Annual visitors ~1 million [1]

Islamabad Zoo (Urdu: اسلام آباد چڑیا گھر‎), previously Marghazar Zoo, is an 82-acre (33 ha) zoo in Islamabad Capital Territory. It was opened in 1978,[1] and is under the administration of Capital Development Authority of Pakistan.[2]


The zoo started in 1978 as a refuge for leopards, spotted deer, and Indian gazelle found in the region.[1] It soon gained popularity and became a part of the Japanese garden. An aviary was later constructed. The Capital Development Authority devised a plan in August 2008 to upgrade and extend the zoo as a recreational area and wildlife sanctuary. The estimated cost of the project is 1407.8 million Pakistani rupees.[2]

Animal Abuse[edit]

Islamabad Zoo has violated animal welfare rights and continues to mistreat animals. The only elephant, for instance, is chained in small pit surrounded by it's feces and urine.[3]

Animal list[edit]

Plains zebras at the zoo



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Islamabad Zoo presents a deserted look". The Nation. 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Development of Marghazar Zoo, Islamabad". Capital Development Authority. 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Animal Cruelty

External links[edit]

Media related to Islamabad Zoo at Wikimedia Commons