Lahore: The Lahore Zoo has been a popular place to visit owing to the interesting animals kept in the Zoo. Currently the Lahore Zoo boasts a collection of 1380 animals belonging to 136 species. Under the management of Wildlife and Parks department of the Government of Pakistan, Lahore zoo is among the oldest zoos of the world.
It contains a Fancy Aviary section with a wide array of bird species that includes parrots, fowls, doves and pigeons. The Tiger House is another section that was built in 1872 exhibiting Bengal tigers and Lions. Leopards and cougars are also seen. The Bear pits have two pairs of cubs as the main attraction.
A pair of Hippos, two white Rhinoceros and a female African Bush Elephant named ‘Suzi’ is kept in the Elephant house as the main attraction. A variety of species of Zebras and Dromedary Camels and a pair of Giraffes, two Bactrian Camels and a Llama can also be seen in the zoo.
A pair of Chimpanzees managed to create fervour when they gave birth to triplets. By 2010, only three chimpanzees remained. Other species include the Black-Footed Gray Langurs, Olive Baboons, Capuchin Monkeys, Rhesus Monkeys and Vervet Monkeys.
The Crocodile Pond is the most attractive section of the zoo with two female Gharials. Aquatic birds such as Pelicans, Greater Flamingos, Mute Swans and Black Swans have also been made part of the exhibit.
Deadly species of snakes such as the Indian Cobra, Indian Python, Indian Sand Boa and Russell’s Viper can be seen hissing and spitting venom in the Lahore zoo. The entire tour of the zoo guarantees entertainment and will surely arouse the curiosity of the young minds.