Go hear them roar!: Lions’ roar echoes at capital zoo after over a decade

Published: May 30, 2016
The lions have been brought from Lahore Safari Park under exchange of birds and animals program. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The lions have been brought from Lahore Safari Park under exchange of birds and animals program. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: A pair of African lions, latest addition to the Islamabad Zoo — Sunday came as something of a surprise to visitors.

After a long break of nearly 11 years, the Marghazar Zoo located at the foothills of the Margallas echoed with lions roar.

The sole African lion kept at the zoo died in 2005 at the age of 21.

Since then efforts were made to bring lions to the zoo but never succeeded.

Both, the lion and the lioness, brought to the zoo are four-and-a-half-year old.

The lions have been brought from Lahore Safari Park under exchange of birds and animals program recently undertook by the Capital Development Authority and the Punjab government, said the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Member Environment, Sanaullah Aman.

In exchange, Aman said, the CDA had given a pair of male zebras and two male barking deer.

He said that the CDA’s negotiations with the Sri Lankan government regarding provision of a female elephant were in the final stages, and soon the animal would also be added to the zoo.

The 22 years old female elephant, named Saheli, died in 2012 after she contracted an infection in one of her legs that, due to alleged negligence of the animal keepers spread, affecting her whole body, and resulted in her death.

Since then, the sole male elephant, Kaavan, is alone in his enclosure at the zoo.

The lions, which are yet to be named, were brought from Lahore Safari Park on Saturday night under the supervision of a team of veterinary doctors and associated zoo staff.

The CDA has announced initiation of a social media campaign, and residents have been asked to suggest names for the newly-brought lions.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Carey Ostrer
    May 30, 2016 - 2:29AM

    These poor lions are destined for a terrible existence (one can’t call it a life) and early death like the the last lions to die at the so-called safari park as your paper reported http://tribune.com.pk/story/890061/last-surviving-lion-of-rawalpini-wildlife-park-dies/ and an additional elephant when they refuse to even provide enough water for Kaavan is sheer madness. Disgusted. #notforentertainmentRecommend

  • Carey Ostrer
    May 30, 2016 - 2:51AM

    How can Vets agree to leave them at this Zoo? Do they not adhere to a code of ethics?Recommend

  • Tiger khan
    May 30, 2016 - 12:29PM

    I don’t know how long will it take for Islamabad Zoo to kill these as well… Being from Islamabad myself.. I always see people and countries donating animals to the Capital Zoo and Capital Zoo constantly managing to kill these animals due to negligence.

    Praying for long life of these lions.. . Recommend

  • May 30, 2016 - 5:42PM

    visited new pair of lions in zoo, they are i terrible condition, cemented cage, no water pond, no ground for running, overall condition of zoo is zero no cooling system in enclosures, no fresh water on daily basis, they are just killing animals slowly and painfully. our fight for the freedom of animals is just started and i know this never ending game still we are hopeful,
    we demand sirilankan government to not to donate elephant to pakistan or any other zoo in world.
    we hate you sirilanka for this cruelty, you are donating baby ele to china and other countries.
    this cruelty is starting from those countries who donate or give or sell animals to other countries on the name of entertainment, research etc..

    FREEKAAVAN #FreeAllAnimalsRecommend

  • Saron Geddy
    Jun 1, 2016 - 11:50PM

    This is such a terrible idea. CDA wanted the lions and they got them quickly. How long till they die off like the rest of the animals. Why doesn’t the CDA work quickly to release Kaavan to a sanctuary where he can live his life happy. Too many years have been stolen from him and all the other animals at this zoo.Recommend

  • Nazli Siddiqui
    Jul 29, 2016 - 10:45PM

    @sunny jamil: What is the final word on Kaavan? Is he going to sanctuary or are they getting another elephant? Please keep the pressure on. The world is looking up to you and activists like you. Is there a group that could be joined to help?Recommend

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