Lahore Zoo (Punjabi: لہور چڑیا گھر, Urdu: لاہور چڑیا گھر) in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
, established in 1872, one of the largest zoos in South Asia. It is currently managed by the Wildlife and Parks department of the Government of Pakistan
. Today the zoo houses a collection of about 1380 animals of 136 species. Lahore Zoo was the host of the fifth annual conference of SAZARC in 2004. Lahore Zoo is thought to be the third or fourth oldest zoo in the world. Vienna Zoo of Austria, established in 1752 as a menagerie, was opened to public as a zoo in 1779. London Zoo of England, established in 1828, was opened to public in 1847. The Alipore Zoo of India, established sometime in the early 19th century, was opened to public as a zoo in 1876.
Lahore Zoo had its beginnings in a small aviary donated by Lal Mahundra Ram in 1872 to the Lahore Municipal Corporation. Over time the animal collection increased and the zoo expanded. It later began to take interest in conservation, education and research in addition to providing recreational facilities to the public. By 2010, the zoo was home to about 1280 trees of 71 species and 1380 animals of 136 species including 996 birds of 82 species, 49 reptiles of 8 and 336 mammals of 45 species.
The zoo was managed by the Lahore Municipal Corporation from 1872 to 1923, when management was turned over to the Deputy Commissioner of Lahore. Management was transferred to the Livestock and Dairy Development department in 1962, and then to the Wildlife and Parks department in 1982. Between it’s founding in 1872 and its turnover to the Wildlife and Parks department in 1982 there was very little development at the zoo. Since 1982, it has upgraded its exhibits, layout, and landscaping, and has become a self-financing organization.
A master planning, improvement and development project of 18 months duration was approved in on July 25, 2005. It was carried out by 'Zoo Maintenance Committee' and sponsored by Planning and Development Department of Government of Punjab. The project cost around 202.830 million Pakistan
i rupees and aimed for the improvement and addition of facilities.
92 Mall Road, Lahore, Pakistan
(042) 36314684, (042) 3631-4682, (0321) 5909539 & (0323) 4610300
Timing & Ticket:
9 A.M - 7 P.M. The Entry ticket is of RS 15 but Senior Citizens (Above 60 Years) can get free entry in Lahore Zoo. The entry ticket for children is only Rs 5.
Daily Times of January 2, 2009 – Killer Zebra :
A zebra attacked a female giraffe in the city zoo on Thursday afternoon and killed it in presence of zoo staff and dozens of visitors. According to sources, three giraffe, a male and two females, were imported from Australia in 2007 at a cost of Rs 7.4 million and were kept in one compound without keeping in view the risk factors. An inquiry committee has been set up to investigate the incident. It will present its report to the Wildlife Department director general in a couple of days.
Tribune of May 8, 2011 – Reema vs Lahore Zoo :
Zoo director Zahid Bhatti said a couple of months ago, Reema had adopted the deer and was nominated as the ambassador of the zoo. As per the rules, anyone who adopts an animal from the zoo has to pay for at least one year’s upkeep. However, Reema is yet to pay Rs40,000 that she owes the Zoo. In a latest statement from Reema, the actor has threatened to sue Zoo authorities for demanding the money.
ITTaleem of March 27, 2013 – Lion vs Lioness :
It is reported today from Lahore zoo that the lion and lioness living in the same cage got into fight tonight. And while fighting the lion attacked the lioness and got her neck. Both of them attacked each other very much but at last the lioness was killed because of injuries in neck and because of choking. The fight was done at night and according to the zoo management they didn't have a chance to do anything. The body of lioness has been sent for the post mortem and the lion is under treatment because of the wounds he got.
According to the zoo management they both had good relations and were friendly towards one another and got in to fighting due to unknown causes. And the decision of either to keep this lion with some other animal in the same cage or not is not yet decided.
TribuneIndia of Nov 22, 1999 – Zoo Bear Devours Child :
A black Himalayan bear today killed an 18-month-old boy in a zoo in Lahore, the police said. The child, who was with his parents, tried to shake hands with the caged bear. But the animal pulled the boy into the cage and tore him apart, the police said. Witnesses said the boy identified as Abdullah died in front of his screaming parents. An angry crowd tried to kill the bear but the police intervened to bring the situation under control. A zoo official blamed the parents for allowing the boy to touch the animal.
Dawn of April 9, 2007 – Stray Dogs Kill 28 Peacocks:
Two stray dogs have killed 28 caged peacocks in the `well-guarded’ Lahore Zoo. The zoo administration has quietly removed the dead birds and repaired the broken cage. According to Zoo director Yousaf Pa, the watchman of the cages had gone to offer Fajr prayers when the dogs sneaked in. “When he came back half an hour later, he found the dogs were killing the peacocks. By the time he managed to get the dogs out of the cage, they had killed 28 peacocks.”The director said the watchman had been suspended and asked to deposit Rs66,500.Mr Pal said that all birds were four to five years old. Eighteen of them were of common variety, while nine were of black shoulder and one white.
Dawn of March 28, 2009 – Lahore Zoo & Smugglers :
March 27 At least four white tigers (color variation of the Royal Bengal Tigers (Panthera tigris) and are a very rare and endangered species) have been brought into the country from Indonesia without necessary import documents, and two of them sold to the Lahore Zoo at 70 times their normal price, it has been learnt.
According to sources, the importer imported these tigers at around Rs50,000 per head and sold two of them to the zoo for around Rs3.8 million each, fuelling suspicion that either the supplier or the purchaser, or both, had earned huge profits at the cost of the public exchequer.
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