Zoo wall to be raised to 18 feet, says commissioner

Animal graffiti will also be drawn on the walls of the Zoological Gardens to attract more visitors


Our Correspondent April 01, 2016
The mother of the cubs, presumably with the father, at the zoological garden. PHOTO: JALAL QURESHI/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Walls around Karachi Zoological Gardens will be raised in order to provide a calm and soothing environment to the animals of the zoo.

This was decided among other things by the zoo's advisory committee formed by the Sindh government in a meeting at the Karachi commissioner's office on Friday.

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It has also been decided that animal graffiti will be drawn on the walls of the zoo to attract more visitors. According to a press statement issued from commissioner Asif Hyder Shah's office, the walls of the zoo are 10-foot-high, which will be raised to 18 feet.

This, according to the statement, will provide a calm and soothing environment to the animals of the zoo and help bar the traffic noise from entering the zoo. Proper maintenance of traffic will also be ensured outside the zoo and the rickshaws without silencers will also be banned.

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The condition of the cages of the animals will also be made better, it was decided at the meeting. According to Shah, the Karachi Zoological Gardens is an important historical and recreational spot of the city, which needs to be modernised and beautified.

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It was also decided in the meeting that in order to meet these requirement, the Sindh government will be approached for financial assistance. A five-member steering committee was formed in the meeting, which would carry out the maintenance work.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 2nd,  2016.

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