LAHORE: Lahore Zoo plans to import animals worth millions of rupees in order to enhance the recreation level for the general public.
“Necessary funds are being arranged for a balanced diet, care and conducive environment for the animals, besides providing them suitable enclosures in line with the international standard,” said Lahore Zoo Director Hassan Ali Sukhera on Tuesday.
While talking to this scribe the Director Sukhera said that Lahore Zoo management was fully committed to providing the best suitable environment for its 1,100 animals belonging to 120 species.
He added that millions of rupees had been allocated for import of several animals, including an elephant, rhinoceros, giraffe, seahorses, and Bengal tiger to enhance the attraction of this immensely popular zoological garden.
He said negotiations for getting a pair of pandas from China were underway. A plan to purchase white lion, tigers and leopards was on the cards as well, he added.
To a question, the Zoo director said that many people especially children missed the presence of elephants like Suzi in the Zoo.
However, he assured that this gap would soon be filled.
He said that special measures were being adopted to give a ‘jungle like look’ to the Zoo so that visitors could feel being in a natural environment.
Lahore Zoo was established in 1872 and is presently one of the largest in South Asia.