Of the Zoo and care.

I’m sure all of you must have had the chance to drive by the Marghazar Zoo on your way to either having sheesha at “Jungle Spot” or going for a nice meal up on Peer Sohawa. The other day, I along with my camera decided to pay visit to the once coveted Japanese Park and the Zoo. Now If you’ve grown up in Islamabad, you must have fond memories of school trips to the Japanese parks, the new portal of “weird” and “interesting” jhoolas, the canteens, the frost juices and what not. Everything changes, and it has too. In a good way or a bad way, that I’m not sure of.


Landscaped, more flowers, more shades, but that feeling just wasn’t there. I guess it comes with age. But as it stood, it was a very safe haven, for people expressing their wishful thinking and unprecedented love for one another. Hallelujah. Merry making has taken a whole new twist, but then again so has the whole city so it wasn’t a surprise. But a public children park? really? *shakes head*

On to the real intention of this post, I went to the zoo hoping to see animals having “fun” or maybe that’s what I thought happens in a zoo but the animals are trapped and caged but they can be taken care of. Which is one tenet that the administration does NOT follow. The animals looked half dead, there was no one around them, people were throwing stuff inside their cages, throwing water. This one trip from some out-station university even had the guts to throw ALL their garbage inside one of the cages because they thought it was funny. I mean how is that even remotely funny? Maybe the 30 odd girls with amazing “poise” and utmost “beauty” thought it was, but it was rather sad to see them doing it. I bet they wouldn’t be this happy if they were in the cage.


Look at this elegant work of nature. An elegant bird. It should be free, but then again so should the rest of the animals be but the point is, they’re not being taken care of. It’s sad that they can work on the “outlook” of the place but not feed these poor animals properly? Or perhaps stop stupid people coming and harassing the animals. You thought outstation universities were through with harassing local people, specially women. Well guess what their new mission in life is.

Very sad state of affairs and to top it, when I went to the man apparently in charge inquiring as to why there was “no” water in the pelican place he said “Pani jaisay he aiga dalaingay”. I was baffled, and well, speechless.

*shakes head again*..

8 Comments so far

  1. crazymonkey on June 28th, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

    According to the novel The Life of Pi, which tells the story of an Indian child’s adventure in the ocean with a 500 lb Bengal tiger, the purpose of a zoo is to provide shelter, protection, food, and a means of survival for the animals. The author says, in the character of Indian childs father who is the owner of the zoo, that out in the wild, the animals are unsafe, and they are vulnerable to attacks by superior predators. They need to fight for their survival everyday. They need to hunt for food and make sure their children get something to eat day and night. It’s a hard life out there. Just look at all the feral cats around you. Do you think they are enjoying their life living in garbage cans? Cats are domestic animals and they need a home, and a sense of security.

    But the entire purpose of a zoo fails when the animals are not even kept safe in an enclosure which was supposed to protect them in the first place. If they are harrassed every day by visitors, not given proper food and living conditions and are treated badly, then they are better off living in the wild where they were ‘designed’ to live. People think that the animal enjoys all the garbage and food throwing and that the animal would like to ‘play’ with the items they throw.

    Protection for animals should be given more importance in our country, and proper maintenance of zoo’s should be the top priority of organizations like the WWF.

  2. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on June 28th, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    Frost real juice any time!

    Koi kia bata’ay ga
    Hum kia bata’ain gay

    Maza khud batata hai
    Frost mai fruit ziada hai

    Maza khud batata hai
    Frost mai maza ziada hai

    :-D *giggles*

  3. hashriani on June 28th, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

    I agree with you crazymonkey.

  4. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on June 29th, 2009 @ 10:12 am

    Nice post Hashim and i also totally agree with crazymonkey. We really do need responsible people who can make sure that animal rights are protected, be it in the zoo or out on the streets. I wonder what amusement do people get on teasing or even injuring an animal.

    In zoos, the sad sight of people throwing stuff at the animals is very common. In the streets the sight of stray animals getting hit with stones or getting tight nooses around their necks is pretty common.

    I wonder what code of life are we all following. If we are not that much into religion (which tells us to be kind to humans as well as animals) then maybe we could pay a bit attention to general ethics. But whatever we do we truly need to learn that animals are supposed to be treated nicely, gently and with kindness. It is no fun harassing the poor creatures.


  5. Rehmat Yazdani (d1a3n0i4) on June 29th, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    Well, yes unfortunately we are not an animal friendly country and animals are given a real bad treatment here . A few days back I had seen a car coming at full speed outside Metro , hit two poor donkeys and the irony was the car driver escaped from the scene . But my question is if only animals are treated badly in this country or it is otherwise as well ? I would say even we as human beings don’t get our fundamental rights fulfilled . Last Sunday, I happened to hit a man with a bottle full of water ( at Sial Chowk stop on motor way while I was returning from my hometown Lahore to my workplace Islamabad ) because he tried teasing me in public and guys you know what there were so many people around but nobody said a single word rather they were looking at me with inquisitive eyes as if I was at fault . What a society we have turned into ? Sometimes, i think if there is a single human being ( with morals, ethics, respect and love for others ) left in this country or we are all animals now where the powerful would suppress the weak .

  6. crazymonkey on June 30th, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    @montaleast13 – Do you like cats?

  7. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on June 30th, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

    Oh yeah, i love cats! If it was up to me i would have ’em all around me all the time. But the reality is that i have never had a chance to get one as a pet my whole life. Though i did befriend a few stray ones when i used to live in Mangla. It is always fun playing with cats.

    PS: My mother never allowed me to have a pet cat. One of her rules was that animals are not allowed in the house. The other rule was i needed to take care of any pet i had. Now i realise that while rule #1 is easy, rule #2 is extremely hard to fulfill. :-)

    PS2: I am still hopeful that some day i WILL get pet cats and care for them too, and that too outside the house. :-D hehe


  8. crazymonkey on June 30th, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    @montaleast13 – Well what do you know, I love cats too! I’m taking care of a few feral ones around my house in Islamabad. My mother too doesn’t allow me to bring a cat in our house in Lahore. And I too am hopeful that some day I WILL get pet cats and care for them too!

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