ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam declared that the Marghazar Zoo will be turned into a hub for the protection of world-class wildlife.
In a video message, Mr Aslam claimed that the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) had taken a decision to that effect during its second meeting on 8 December.0
IWMB Speaker Rina Saeed Khan chaired the conference.
The facility will be a first of its kind state-of-the-art and well-planned setup built as part of the clean and green agenda for overall environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation of Prime Minister Imran Khan with a new tag, Margalla Wildlife Conservation Centre.
The Prime Minister’s assistant announced that it would house local wildlife species housed in open enclosures for public recreation, education and research purposes.
The facility will provide entertainment, teach individuals
Mr Aslam said As part of the efforts to conserve biodiversity, this is an entirely new concept.” The conservation centre, stretching over 82 acres in the foothills of Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP), will house wildlife sanctuaries, a veterinary hospital, an endangered species rescue and trauma centre and MHNP flora and fauna research.
The region is a natural refuge for wildlife species owing to its close proximity to the national park, and will be re-designed to help meet national obligations with respect to wildlife management, protection and welfare priorities, he said.
The construction of a facility at the Margalla Wildlife Conservation Centre to provide for the recovery and restoration of wildlife species in their natural environment within the national park would allow use of all the resources available. It is also part of the initiative to save and rehabilitate wild animals who are wounded and neglected and to care and feed them for their full recovery. After their rehabilitation at the conservation facility, they will be allowed back into their natural environments,’ said the special assistant.
Spelling out overarching priorities, the PM’s assistant said the new centre for the protection of wildlife would aim to encourage conservation and preservation of wildlife.
He added that the proposed rehabilitation/rescue centre will have well-trained workers with well-qualified and trained wildlife rescue, restoration and management skills; veterinarian and wildlife specialists would provide them with strong supervision of research activities focused on the principle of animal well-being and health care.
The arrival of electric trains is also part of the strategy to provide a living and pollution-free amusement experience for visiting families, especially children, to be in the world-class wildlife safari park.
The centre will also be instrumental in encouraging environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism in the Margalla Hills National Park district, Mr Aslam said. “We strongly believe that we are ensuring that future generations can enjoy our natural world and the incredible species that live within it by conserving wildlife,” he said.
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However it is important to understand how species communicate within their habitats to help conserve biodiversity, how they are influenced by environmental and human impacts, and to consider feasible approaches to deal with threats to the survival and safety of wildlife, the PM’s assistant said.