Animals continue to suffer as the government turns a blind eye towards the zoos in Garden and Landhi-Korangi
A lion walks idly on the pavement inside his cage at the Karachi Zoo. His mane, which sets him apart from other cats, is receding. This dethroned King of the Jungle evokes sympathy rather than fear from visitors.
It has been almost two years since Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced an ambitious plan to make the Karachi Zoo like that of Singapore. However, little progress has been made on his promises.
Construction work is under way at the Karachi Zoo, but little has been done to improve the animals' living conditions. They continue to suffer in silence. Karachi Zoo Director Mohammad Mansoor Qazi said that the situation will improve and more animals will be brought to the zoo.
On the other hand, the Landhi-Korangi Zoo is full of empty cages. Visitors are often left disappointed by its state. The zoo was built in the 1990s with the aim to provide a recreation spot for the people.