New ‘roars’ enthral zoo visitors

KARACHI – Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said addition of new animals and birds to Karachi Zoo and Safari Park will continue and soon more animals including zebra, rhinoceros, giraffe and hippopotamus would arrive in these facilities.He said this while talking to the media on Tuesday on the occasion of handing over a pair of white tiger and Bengal tiger to the Karachi Zoo administration.Technical Services Director General Altaf Memon, Senior Director Culture, Sports and Recreation Muhammad Rehan Khan, Director Zoo Dr Muhammad Kazim and citizens in good numbers were also present on this occasion. The people especially kids expressed pleasure on seeing the newly arrived tigers in an acrylic glass enclosure.Administrator Karachi calling it a refreshing addition to the zoo announced to hold a contest for naming the white tigers. He invited all ten-year-old children to suggest the most beautiful name for the pair and win Rs10,000.He also requested the civil society to join hands with the KMC for the betterment and development of Karachi Zoo into a modern zoo. He further asked them to form a management committee comprising media representatives and distinguished citizens so that the feeding to captives and the facilities at zoo could be monitored.Syed further said the animals and birds need natural environment with quality feed continuously. Veterinary doctors and zoologists were deputed at the zoo to check the captives regularly and take care of their health.He said the veterinary hospital at the zoo would soon be equipped with the latest equipment.Meanwhile the citizens of Karachi and animal lovers from other cities of the country thronged the zoo after they got the news of arrival of white tigers through the media.Senior Director Culture, Sports and Recreation Rehan Khan while giving a briefing said that the white tigers were imported from South Africa which is the country of origin of this species. Karachi Zoo is the first zoo of the country where a pair of white tiger was inducted.The senior director further said that the white tigers were of 24 months of age and they have a physical age of 18 years. They give birth to 1-4 cubs. Regarding the Bengal tiger’s pair, he informed that they would be shifted to Safari Park once their enclosure was completed.It is pertinent to mention here that the KMC has made a transparent glass cage for the pair of white tiger first time in the history of Pakistan. 

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