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]
No. of animals ~600
No. 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]

History[edit]

The zoo started in 1978 as a refuge for leopards, spotted deer, and Indian gazelle found in the region, and is administered by Capital Development Authority of Pakistan. Located in the feet of Margalla hill.[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]

Controversies[edit]

On September 2016, the 32 year-old Asian elephant named Kavaan, turned mentally ill due being chain bound for the last two decades.[3]The zoo therefore decided to send Kavaan to his homeland of Cambodia.[4] In July 2017, four lion cubs died due to keepers giving them high intake Welmingnch milk instead of a lioness' milk.[5] Later in 2017, a male ostrich died due to negligence of the zoo staff.[6]

Animal list[edit]

Plains zebras at the zoo

Aves

Accipitriformes

Anseriformes

Columbiformes

Galliformes

Gruiformes

Pelecaniformes

Psittaciformes

Strigiformes

Struthioniformes

Mammals

Artiodactyla

Carnivora

Lagomorpha

Perissodactyla

Primates

Proboscidae

Reptiles

Testudines

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Islamabad Zoo presents a deserted look". nation.com.pk. The Nation. 2009. Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Development of Marghazar Zoo, Islamabad". cda.gov.pk. Capital Development Authority. 2008. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  3. ^ (Pakistan Today)
  4. ^ (Dunya News)
  5. ^ (Pakistan Today)
  6. ^ (PakObserver)
  7. ^ "Go hear them roar!: Lions' roar echoes at capital zoo after over a decade - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2016-05-30. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Islamabad Zoo at Wikimedia Commons