The federal government has decided to relocate the Marghzar Zoo’s elephant Kaavan to Cambodia on a court order.
Talking to media, Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, said that the decision has been taken to relocate the elephant from Marghzar Zoo in Islamabad to a safe place on a court order.
“Elephant Kaavan is being transferred to a Cambodian sanctuary. Sending to Cambodia is a sad decision for us, but we are taking this step because of his health,” he said.
“The elephant is 36 years old and has already developed psychological problems. Asian elephants are between 40 and 45 years old,” he said.
Malik Amin said that an international petition was also signed in 2015 which was signed by 200,000 people while the Islamabad High Court also ordered the transfer of the elephant to a shelter.
Announcing the making of a safari park in the federal capital, he said the government had also allocated funds for the zoo in the fiscal year budget. Malik Amin Aslam said that he had informed the Islamabad High Court about the decision to send Kaavan elephant to Cambodia.
Earlier, the Marghzar Zoo case was heard in the Islamabad High Court in which Justice Athar Minallah inquired about the steps taken to relocate the elephants and other animals. The Environment Secretary informed the court that arrangements were being made for Kaavan’s relocation abroad, with shipping still pending.
Wildlife Department officials told the court that they had considered the names of three countries, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia, for the transfer of elephant Kaavan. And in this regard, the authorities have also begun contacts.
The Environment Secretary informed the court that the visa issuance and legal proceedings would take four weeks, during which time the court would give us one more month and elephant would be transferred to Cambodia.