Syed Nasir Hussain Shah Minister for Local Government and Forests Sindh and Bangul Khan Mahar, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh for Wildlife visited Karachi Zoological Garden Karachi. Administrator KMC Karachi and Director Karachi Zoological Garden briefed the minister.
While speaking with media, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that Karachi Zoological Garden is a historical place established in year 1870s and is a place of significant importance in terms of ex-situ conservation of wildlife, research, education and recreation.
Every year more than one and a half million visitors of different age groups from metropolitan city and all over the country visit the zoological garden thus it plays an important role in raising awareness in a country like ours where a large majority of the general public does not have access to wilderness areas.
Role of Karachi Zoo
The role of Karachi zoo in research and education is of significant importance. There are many research publications by young students of natural sciences taking their references from this garden.
The issues globally faced by Zoos including this Karachi zoo is related to lack of space, housing and presence of visitors that result in social stress to animals.
There exist sound controversies over these issues. He said that you can see a large number of visitors are present today and are learning.
Syed Nasir Hussain Shah instructed the Zoo Management to take every step neccesary for the welfare of animals. He informed media men that in the wake of increasing population and to cater the need of this important sector Government of Sindh shall assist in making a larger safari park spread over thousands of acres on modern scientific grounds having appropriate and larger areas for the zoo animals.
During visit of brown bear enclosure, he was informed that a larger housing is under construction for the brown bear. He directed Sindh Wildlife department to take blood samples of the brown bear and submit report in as early as possible.