LAHORE: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday gifted 18 big cats to the Lahore Zoo.
The big cats include four white tigers, six Bengal tigers, as well as, eight African lions. The wild animals have reached Islamabad and will be shifted to the zoo on April 22.
The white tigers include three males and a female.
Wild life authorities said that the lions and tigers would join the existing big cats currently housed at the Lahore Safari Zoo.
They also plan to pair the lions and tigers with those currently at the zoo.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said that all arrangements have been completed to house the big cats.
The wild animals reached the country on a special jet, he added.
Interestingly, the zoo’s management had decided to auction surplus lion and tiger cubs owing to a lack of space in February.
At the time, 30 different types of tigers and lions, including their cubs, were present in the Lahore Safari Zoo.