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The historical Karachi Zoo was established in 1878 and was known as Gandhi Garden for a long time. When Pakistan came in to being its name was changed as Karachi Zoological Garden.
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Karachi Zoological Garden

FACT FILE:
Physical Location: Nishter Road and Sir Agha Khan (Third) Road,  Karachi 
Total Area: 33 acres
Date Established: 1878
Best Time to Visit: All year round
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Website: http://www.karachizoo.com.pk

 

Photo Credit: Karachi Zoo Online (http://www.karachizoo.com.pk)

 

The history of Karachi Zoo is based on the administrative report of 1949 of the corporation of the city of Karachi. Accordingly it was commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi Garden. It was transferred by the government to the municipality in the year 1861 on the condition that it shall never be sublet or transferred. The Zoo has an interesting history as it forms a part of the ground where the old East India Companies factory was situated. 1833 as it was marked on a map prepared by commander Charles, who described it as surrounded by trees, giving a look of garden. In 1878, the Municipality after considering various suggestions for improving the Zoo, places it under a trust to be maintained out of public subscription. The present Zoo started in a better way by donation in 1881. in 1953 KMC decided to create the post of full time curator, a qualified veterinary doctor, to keep the animals in good health. Presently, total sanctioned strength of Karachi Zoo is 242 staff including 6 technical staff and the rest skilled or semi skilled workers/staff.

 

Natural History Museum:
Karachi Zoo has a good Natural Museum Indigenous as well as exotic stuffed animals belonging to different regions of the world have been exhibited in a very good manner. Visitors and science students can study morphological characters of animals from close quarter. Post graduate students can get more information on mammals, birds and reptiles through the technical officials. In 1991-1992 CDGK (former KMC) allocated funds for remodeling of Natural History Museum, which was carried out. Now, the Natural History Museum is being visited by students of secondary schools on regular basis for awareness in biodiversity. Apart from stuffed animals, skins, antlers, horns & feathers etc are also placed on display in the museum. In 1992 the Japanese Princess inaugurated the remodeled Natural History Museum. The rate of entry fee in the museum is Rs. 2/- and Rs. 1/- Per adult and children, respectively.

 

Reptile House:
The Reptile house in Karachi Zoo was extended and renovated in the year 1992. it is one of the best Reptile Houses in Pakistan. There are 13 species of snakes and lizards. Newly born hatching of tortoises & crocodiles are also exhibited in the Reptile House.

 

Mughal Garden:
A small garden in Mughal style was established in the year 1970. lush green lawns with seasonal scanted plants, occupy major part of the garden. It is one of the finest green floral spots in the city. Different verities of Roses in many shades enhance the beauty of this garden. Centrally located fountains with Mughal structure Baradari further increases its beauty & elegance.

 

Hospital Facilities:
In 1998 Karachi Zoo established a veterinary hospital with modern diagnostic facilities. There is an operation theatre, equipped with X-ray quarantine building, laboratory and incubation room where eggs left away by captive birds are taken care of.

 

Educational Facilities:
In order to create Public awareness regarding animals, their importance in society, morphological character of the animals, their behavior,breeding, habit, habitat, conservation of animals, feeding process in nocturnal and diurnal animals, animal welfare, care and animal ethics, we arrange educational programmes from time to time with the collaboration of different educational institutions.

 

Stock Position:
There are 165 mammals, 460 birds and 210 reptiles in the zoo, making the total number 835.
The zoo boasts a reptile house that features Coral, Python, Sand Boa, Dhaman or the Rat Snake and Cobra. The aquarium, constructed in, 1953 has 28 display tanks that contain a total of 30 species and some 300 fish. Besides, there is also a natural history museum where, dead animals of the zoo are put on display after being stuffed.

 

Zoo Stats:

 

 

 

Visitors, type of attractions, total expenditure and income by Zoo

Year No. of
visitors
Type of
attractions
Total expenditure (per annum) Rs. Total Income
(per annum) Rs.
 

Adult

Minor

Animal

Birds

   
Karachi Zoo  
1994-95 
1774902 
307904
171 
603  
5000000 
10052298
1995-96 
958036  
560358
     217 
588 
2570084 
1552233
1996-97 
1882867  
400000
273 
441 
11025549 
6536983
1997-98 
1692210 
360000
249 
451 
9561461 
8465921
1998-99 
1180000  
500000
319 
453 
7106058 
13137189
1999-00 
1762420 
150000
356 
441 
5815692 
15740047
2000-01 
1300000  
925000
413 
468 
9095941 
16869243

 

 

Credits:

  • Karachi Zoo (http://www.karachizoo.com.pk)

  • Zoo Outreach Organization  (http://www zooreach.org)

  • The News on Sunday, The News (http://www.jang.com.pk)

 

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