LAHORE: Emergency measures have been taken in order to protect the animals housed at Lahore Zoo and Lahore Safari Park from the effects of smog.
Lahore Zoo Veterinary Officer Dr Rizwan Khan stated that animals and birds are affected by smoke and air pollution in the same way as humans. “Humans can wear masks and sunglasses to protect themselves from smoke and pollution. However, animals are helpless in this regard,” he explained.
Due to the close proximity of Lahore Zoo to Mall Road, a suffocating amount of smoke and pollution from cars and other vehicles is inhaled by the animals, he said. He maintained that although the situation is not yet critical, emergency measures are being taken.
The animals are being given supplements and vitamins to boost their immune system, he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 5th, 2019.