Karachi: Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Salim Hotiana said the up-gradation of Karachi Zoo into an internationally recognized zoo would provide better knowledge of wild life to common people and good recreational facilities to visitors.
He expressed these views on a visit of Karachi Zoo on Wednesday.
Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, Deputy Commissioner South Jamal Mustafa Qazi, Senior Director Culture, Sports & Recreation Muhammad Rehan Khan, Assistant Commissioner Hasham Mazhar, Director Zoo Fahim Khan and other officers were also present on this occasion.
The Chief Secretary during his visit inspected different parts of zoo including the store of animals feed. He directed zoo administration to prepare a superior nutrition plan for animals in zoo and spend more funds on their diet and health care by curtailing the other miscellaneous expenditure.
He also directed to bring more animals and birds to the zoo facility so that it could be made more attractive for people.
The Chief Secretary also feed some animals and also travelled in the recreation train inside zoo. While checking the cages and enclosures of animals he enquired about their condition and instructed zoo authority to keep an eye on their health status and maintain the death register for animals expired in zoo.
The Chief Secretary said zoo facility was considered the most important recreational centre anywhere in the world and therefore such places must get more attention.
Administrator Farooqui while giving a briefing to the Chief Secretary regarding Karachi Zoo said KMC was working on various plans to improve the facilities at Karachi Zoo, Safari Park and other recreation places in the city. The induction of five big animals including elephant, rhino, Lion, Giraffe and hippopotamus would help acknowledge Karachi Zoo on international level.
Administrator said KMC was spending a huge amount on the food and medicines of animals and other maintenance works in Karachi Zoo. Karachi Zoo spreads on 33 acres land out of which 40 percent area was allocated for captives where about 970 different animals, birds and reptiles were kept in 117 cages and enclosures whereas the remaining 60 percent area of zoo was used for amusement park, central lake, gardens, canteen and other recreation facilities.
He said about 3 million people annually visit Karachi zoo. The control of zoo facility was handed over to Karachi Municipality in 1861 when it was called Victoria Garden. Before this the place was used by East India Company as a factory in 1833.