Peshawar to get its first zoo soon
PESHAWAR: Peshawar will soon get its first zoo as the first phase of construction at a cost of Rs127 million has been approved.
Talking to The Express Tribune on Wednesday wildlife department’s chief conservator, Safdar, said forest department has given them 25 acres of land free of charge and government has allocated funds for the construction.
He also said the zoo will be constructed in phases and development will commence when funds are made available.
“A zoo serves several purposes including entertainment, education, awareness, research and development and most importantly, breeding of rare native species,” Safdar explained. He added the zoo will be situated on Palosai Road and will be easily accessible to people.
“The first PC-1 costing Rs127 million has been approved by the government and the first phase will see the completion of the zoo’s boundary walls,” he said. Safdar stated the foundation laying ceremony will be performed within a week since a summary has already been sent to the chief minister.
The large zoo spanning over 25 acres will provide the denizens a place for recreation. Currently, Peshawar Development Authority has provided several hog deer and zebras for Bagh-e-Naran in Hayatabad but it lacks the facilities and infrastructure of a proper zoo.