An expert team from Austria was disturbed while witnessing the Kaavan and other animals condition at the Islamabad Zoo.
Dr. Amir Khalil from Four Paws led the team and his colleague Dr Frank Goritz head veterinarian at Leibniz Institute for Zoo Wildlife Research, Berlin visited the zoo for the third time.
Dr. Khalil said, “Conditions were really bad when we came in 2016. We feel sick to see that the conditions are worse now. Back then we handed a mandatory and obligatory report to the responsible authorities, the mayor of Islamabad, and the wildlife department, especially regarding Kaavan and other animals at the zoo. We had recommended important changes to the facility. Our recommendations have not been implemented.”
Four Paws is basically an international animal welfare organization dedicated to encourage people to treat the animals with respect. The organization has its footprints in 15 countries.
On the invitation of the government the team arrived on 22nd August.
He said, “After a pair of lions were killed, the team feels that the situation for animals is dangerous. It is dangerous for staff and visitors to the zoo as well.”
The team had to face a lot of issues in the zoo, as there was less cooperation from Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) staff at the zoo. The handler of Kaavan was nowhere to be found.