A ceremony on Saturday 5 February was held in the domain of the Jungle World Zoo at Ayub Park, Rawalpindi, to welcoming the birth of twin Bengal Tiger cubs in the last week of December 2021.
Endangered species, Bengal Tigers are now considered at the edge of extinction due to deforestation and over hunting. With a population of 45,000 in the beginning of the 20th century, the second largest sub-species of tigers has dwindled to less than 3,500 in the wilderness of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
The pleasant occasion hosted by Army Heritage Foundation (AHF) had on display the cute duo: named Felix ad Julia. Director General (DG) Brigadier (Retd) Muhammad Asif Hayat, in his address to media, in celebration to the birth of twin Bengal Tigers in captivity on the grounds of the Zoo at the Jungle World (under the direction of Col Retd. Mohsin) at Ayub Park, which is home to 5 Bengal Tigers. Breeding in captivity is a good sign indicating an increase in population of this particular species of tiger’s.
Clockwise: DG AHF-Ayub Park (right) with Director Jungle World; Rare Black buck; Puma; Albino tiger; Deer.
The care and healthy diet to tigers on spacious ground in a jungle environment promote the health of tigers to breed in captivity. The DG proudly announced that the Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department (Lahore) shall be shifting eight more tigers to their new home-ground in Ayub Park. In the past, at the closure of Islamabad Zoo, the animals were transfer to the Jungle World’s Zoo.
In his address, the DG announced plans to accommodate more animals as the extension of the zoo nears completion. There will be a Jurassic Park in the extension to educate visitors about the creatures of the lost world.
From 1990 to 1995, the vast Park area remained an isolated wilderness zone. Then, in 1995, the Park began to develop under the caring hands of the AHF. The AHF management plans to transform the Park into a concept of Disneyland in the near future.
One of its kind of the City Parks in the world, besides the many highlights at the Park including the 4-Lakes, Miracle & Glow Gardens with some 200,000 plants and flora in a mien of sea of colors, 3-In-1 Museum, the Vintage Park, Snake House, Jungle World, jogging trails and picnic grounds for the families; the Park offers sports facility including blue-turf ground, ranked among the 8 largest hockey grounds in the world.
Miracle & Glow Gardens
The City residents crave for family entertainment and outdoor activities. “For as low as Rs. 2,500, a whole family can enjoy the day at the Park”, said the DG; including refreshments, joy rides and visit to the museums. With the existing Park’s Restaurant at the Jungle Barracks Resort, the lakeside Timber Café and the Food Street; the DG also announced opening of new restaurants, including KFC and McDonald. The Park is committed in its Greening of the Park Campaign and plans to plant 50,000 trees in 2022 within the enclosure.
Source: graphs/ charts/ research: Population Growth – The Bengal Tiger (weebly.com)
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Saifuddin Ismailji, Founder: e-Travelers Club Travel/ Lifestyle Update