Glimpses of KP’s First Ever Zoo

Glimpses of KP’s First Ever Zoo

Compiled By: Ubaid Suri

Peshawar (February 15, 2018): In November 2016, the PTI government approved and allocated 24 acres land near PFI here near University of Peshawar for the project and completed in two years.

Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Monday inauguratedthe long awaited project of establishing first ever Zoo in provincial capital.The project took two years to complete and would be featuring an aviary and cagesof wild animals including lions, monkeys and many other species.The zoo is spread over an area of 24 acres and situated in Rahatabad areaThe idea of setting up a zoo in Peshawar was first floated during the previous government,when a group of students of a private school system had collected signaturesof many citizens and appealed the then chief minister KP Amir Haider Hoti to announce constructioof a zoo here.Peshawar Development Authority (PDA) offered to provide a land in Regi Lalma forRs240 million,which was beyond the allocated funds for the zoo. Later the authority suggested Dheri Zardad as project site,along the Nowshera-Charsadda Motorway but it was also dropped as it was not easily accessible The Peshawar Development Authority had offered to provide a land in Regi Lalma forRs240 million, which was beyond the allocated funds for the zoo. Another site,Dheri Zardad, along the Nowshera-Charsadda Motorway, was also not suitable, as it was not easily

accessible. The idea of establishing the zoo was subsequently dropped.

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