Zoo Online

I never knew that the Karachi Zoo had put the animal galore online. Got some itsy-bitsy animal info too.

There’s even a sub-site for kids, with a few stories to enjoy, and event info.

Not bad! *3 roars for the Karachi Zoo!*

The only e-questions are: When did they last update it? How often do they update it anyway? AND DOES ANYONE OVER IN THE ZOO BLOG!?


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.

13 Comments so far

  1. karachi4eva (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 7:16 am

    “Black Buck
    Common Name : Black Buck
    Food :It is a herbivorous animal amd feeds pm lucern grass and crushed gram.”

  2. umar (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 10:35 am

    not bad at all… now they need to promote the website to attract more traffic.

  3. Zag (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 11:01 am

    The zoo was known as Gandhi garden for quite a few years even after the partition…. btw, does anyone has any info about when they are going to reopen the Aquarium at ol clifton??

  4. Ali (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

    Hi guyz i dont think so this site is updated .. just look at the entry fee .. Is this for real?

    Gate entry fee at Karachi Zoo.
    i) Adults. Rs. 5/- per head.
    ii) Children upto 7 years. Rs. 3/- per head.
    iii) Students. Rs. 3/- per Student.

  5. YO YO (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

    Hey…why do I only see people in the virtual tour of the zoo.

    Is it because central jail is overcrowded.

  6. Gridlock (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

    I was truly amazed and pleasantly surprised to view the impressive website and the beautiful park like setting of the zoo exhibited on the posted photographs. This is particularly important for me since I visited the zoo many moons ago during my visit to Pakistan and was eager to conduct a photo essay generally of the positives and attractive features. (The photo survey was a personal assignment for my photography class and my portfolio) I was shocked to see the dire and pathetic sate of the place. There was total dismay and utter neglect displaced every where. The grass fields were dry and brown and patchy / dusty due to lack of proper irrigation. There was very little green and color presented in the displays. The green leaves of the impressive and old oak trees surrounding the zoo were coated with a thick coating of soot like substance which was probably smoke and oil residue deposited due to extreme congestion and chronic pollution on the street system around the zoo. The zoo is located in an extremely urban environment and almost in the CBD of the City. Some of the animal cages were very filthy and the stench was unbearable. I left feeling sorry for the animals
    Therefore I was particularly impressed by the hard work, devotion and efforts of who ever is responsible for turning the place around. I felt compelled to donate money or better yet adopt some animals for my kids. We are planning another visit soon (God willing) and would love to bring my children to the zoo and show them the animals they would have adopted; unfortunately the link is under construction. I hope they fix that soon my hat off to you as well for bringing this under the lime light. We had adopted an Alaskan baby whale for the longest time and would love to adopt animals at the Karachi zoo. ( I cannot fathom how they can work with that kind of entrance fee espically when converted into US $)
    For all the hard and honest working people at the zoo keep up the good work, you do make a difference and your efforts do get noticed.

  7. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

    Is this really our ZOO – wow – with such an image I am honestly tempted to go there after a good lapse of 15 years if not more since my last visit.

    I think its time we appreciate the initaitve, it will Inshallah spill over into the actual development of the zoo. Good Job

  8. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 12:09 am

    Thank you all for the comments. I have a feeling this website was made to compete in an IT competition, and left unattended since. But certainly there is some improvement taking place in the real world.

    Perhaps our upcoming Photography Club can mark the Zoo as one of its excursion spots.

    GridLock, if you cannot get in touch with the zoo authorities during your visit, another idea is to find and donate money to researchers on the preservation of wildlife. I guess I can fig up some links….

    Also, Safari Park seems very well-managed. Perhaps an animal can be adopted there!?

  9. Mona (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 2:12 am

    I pity the extreme ignorance of you self proclaimed champions of Karachi. You judge a zoo by the amount of pretty greenery on the premises for the people. Have you ever paid any thought to the conditions the animals there are kept under? Animals in captivity should at the very least be provided enclosures that are close to their natural habitats. Go and take a good look at the animals first before you start ooh-ing and aah-ing the snack bars, the joke of a Mumtaz Mahal, the pretty Mughal Gardens (not open to the public), the men with the incessant announcements on the loudpspeakers dotted around the premises.

    Oh, and if you ever happen to stumble over to the Safari Park, be sure to ask them about the baby camel, the one whose photos were published in the newspapers, the ones whose parents were imported. Ask them why the baby camel is now dead. And don’t forget to ask them about the “killer” leopard in their possession. Ask them if you will be able to see it in its enclosure during the main Safari ride. It was captured from a green area upcountry. How green is its cage at the Safari park? If you don’t see the leopard during your tour there, tell them you how special you are, and how you are champions of Karachi, and will they please, pretty please… let you take a teeny weeny glimpse of the leopard in its nice cage that is now its home at the Karachi Safari so you can “snap” away those pretty “snaps” for your “snaps” club and share them with the rest of us ignorant self obsessed mindless blog owning buffoons.

    And oh, btw, don’t fall off the chairlift in all your excitement. We don’t want you to die while “snapping” away another fuzzy, out of focus “snap” for us buffoons. We don’t want them to close down the chairlift just quite yet.

    After all, where else will we proud karachiites go for our cheap thrills when the fountain’s coming out of our ears?

  10. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

    So, Mona, what have you done for Karachi and the animals that we may learn from you?

    You know, doing something, no matter how small, is the first step. Most of us understand that by screaming ourselves hoarse, we can’t suddenly release all animals into the wild (or may be we may just scare them off into the wild!?). The best we can do within our circles of influence [7 habits!] is to make the lives of the animals in captivity better.

    May I gently nudge your attention to this: we are actually drawing attention to the Zoo and the animals by projecting them. And there is such a thing as focusing on the positive rather than fault-finding. Just like you and me, no human being or authority is ever motivated if we keep hunting them down like they’re witches. IF we have so much knowledge, why scream? Why not get up and make a difference? What have YOU done?

    Let me tell you: Teeth Maestro above cared for an ailing vulture and restored it to health. Gridlock wants to adopt an animal, obviously for the welfare of the animal.

    You aimless screaming may actually hurt those who are doing something other than clicking keys.

  11. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

    Re: Mona
    And we are already taking about donating to researchers. If drawing-room bound socialists can keep quiet enough, may be we can get some work done?

    As for the general sentiment on animals in captivity – most of us are learning that this is not very desirable. A safari park (general one, not THE KHI Safari Park) like arrangement works best. But most practical folks don’t suffer from the delusion that we can upturn the management of parks – when we haven’t even provided any alternative. Having said that, I admit I didn’t personally check on the animals, but then no one ever claimed to.

    Perhaps you can channel your enthusiasm to help the Zoo authorities and open their eyes to the possibility of humane treatment of animals. Now THAT would make your sentiments useful.

    Now, having cleared this up, there is something that you can DO: Tell us practical ways in which the animals of the Zoo/Safari Park can be helped. We would appreciate and put on the blog any lists of conservationists and animal rehabilitators who can use help in terms of time and money, etc. As you may note now, this is what we were onto before this unproductive interruption.

    Think Positive! Optimists live longer, and accomplish much more! (Research by Mayo Clinic)

  12. Gridlock (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 9:36 pm

    The messenger should not be killed for being the bearer of the news. The exposure of the Abu Ghurab scandal and several others can be cited for exposing “The Tip of the Iceberg”.

    If the animals in captivity are kept in empty cement floor rooms with metal bars or even worse conditions, maybe something can be done to change things or at least draw the attention of others but do something if you feel so strongly about it.

    You never know who and what can make a difference. But at least do your part and leave the rest to follow its course (hopefully you do only positive).

    I have been reading Karachi blog for a while ONLY READING and most of the time the only useful information extracted was the critique of the new eateries and the new type of cuisine being served there. (My wife and I prepared a list based on this for our upcoming trip,).

    But every now and then I would stumble upon something useful, like during the earth quake. It was simply exceptional, the enthusiasm and zest to make a positive difference in the lives of others. There was once a request to make goody bags (with crayons, pencils coloring books etc) for little children traumatized by the tragedy of loss and death and being orphaned. Imagine being 6 or 7 years old to understand it all and having to deal with it too at that age.

    I cannot describe how easy it was for us to put something together but unfortunately the logistics of shipment were too steep.

    Then the rescue of the Vulture. Prime example of someone with the capacity to make a difference and acting upon it. I am sure the post enticed others to do the same.

    I know I am extremely far but we can still make a difference.

    As suggested by Ramla cover it in photo essays but accentuate the positives as well. Maybe it is not good enough yet but maybe we can take it there.

    Think out of the box. How about a group of like minded people offering services after work or on the week end as volunteer workers. I am sure the zoo authorities will be thrilled or they may ignore you but give it a shot.

    Be persistent avail the resources at your disposal even if is simply your knowledge and writing. I offered to volunteer at Museum of Natural History, Science Olympiad, was PTO president for two years and used to write a community base news letter with a circulation of about 120 all beside my full time job as an Engineer. I commute for 2 hours one way each day and have several hobbies.

    My colleagues have adopted and cared for segments of highways and interchanges we designed and we cannot even adopt animals.

    Start a fund raiser using your spare change, reach out to your coworkers to donate lunch money for one day or organize a bake sales the list goes on and on to make the difference.
    Donate the money to plant some tree in the cemented cage of the animal you love.

    Make a difference and appreciate that every journey starts with one step at a time. Ramla
    Go ahead provide me with safari park information

    (Teeth Maestro my son and I would like to know more about the vulture was it released and do you have pictures of the release but more importantly my son wants to know if you or your father named it before you set it free)

  13. Zaheer (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    Gridlock and everyone else,

    Plz accept my gratitude for bringing out such positive thoughts. I certainly believe – we can do it, all it needs is positive people like you, am not just talking about the zoo here, there are so many things we can do. look at it this way, every problem of Karachi is an oportunity for us to do something positive about it. Critisim is also necessary, but should be done for constructive purposes, and since this is a public forum it would be a great idea to keep our discussions public i.e lets not discuss individuals, lets discuss problems and what we can do about them. Volunteering is a good idea, writing in newspapers is also good.

    so lets all get together and channel our positive energies to make karachi an even better place.


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