Lahore's Safari Park to have two Sri Lankan elephants soon

Published: May 30, 2018
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An elephant sprays itself with water ahead of a religious procession in Colombo. PHOTO: AFP

An elephant sprays itself with water ahead of a religious procession in Colombo. PHOTO: AFP

Lahore’s Safari Park will have two elephants which are likely arrive from Sri Lanka next month.

According to Director-General Punjab Wildlife Khalid Ayaz, Sri Lankan ambassador to Pakistan has recommended his government in an official communique to ‘gift’ the elephants to the country.

In the letter, the envoy said that the gesture will improve relations between the two countries further.

In an official statement, Ayaz said Islamabad had been trying to acquire the animal for the zoo and the efforts have now born fruit.

Sprinklers keep animals cool at Lahore Zoo

Appreciating the move, the wildlife official hoped the country would expeditiously implement the decision, enabling more joyous moments for the zoo visitors.

He further said that more elephants which were earlier bought will arrive at the zoo by July.

The statement said that Sri Lanka had hinted two years ago at gifting the elephants to Pakistan, but the matter was postponed due to the death of an elephant at Lahore’s Safari Park.

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  • Carey
    Jun 30, 2018 - 6:51PM

    Elephants should be left to roam their natural habitats, where ever they are, the plight of Asian elephants needs to be dealt with, bringing these traumatised juveniles to a miserable existence at a zoo is not the answer, just an example of human misunderstanding and/or selfishnessRecommend

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