|Location||Pir Sohawa Road,|
|Land area||82 acres (33 ha)|
|No. of animals||~600|
|No. of species||?|
|Annual visitors||~1 million |
Islamabad Zoo (Urdu: ? ? ), previously Marghazar Zoo, is an 82-acre (33 ha) zoo in Islamabad Capital Territory. It was opened in 1978, and is under the administration of Capital Development Authority of Pakistan.
The zoo started in 1978 as a refuge for leopards, spotted deer, and Indian gazelle found in the region, and is administered by Capital Development Authority of Pakistan. Located in the feet of Margalla hill. It soon gained popularity and became a part of the Japanese garden. An aviary was later constructed. The Capital Development Authority devised a plan in August 2008 to upgrade and extend the zoo as a recreational area and wildlife sanctuary. The estimated cost of the project is 1407.8 million Pakistani rupees.
On September 2016, the 32 year-old Asian elephant named Kavaan, turned mentally ill due being chain bound for the last two decades.The zoo therefore decided to send Kavaan to his homeland of Cambodia. In July 2017, four lion cubs died due to keepers giving them high intake Welmingnch milk instead of a lioness' milk. Later in 2017, a male ostrich died due to negligence of the zoo staff.
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