Karachi Zoo director dismissed after uncommon white lion’s demise


  • Metropolitan Commissioner Afzal Zaidi points directives for Hashmi’s elimination from the submit.
  • Mansoor Qazi replaces Zaidi as Karachi Zoo director.
  • A uncommon white lion in Karachi Zoo had died after his lungs reportedly stopped working because of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Karachi Zoo director Khalid Hashmi has been dismissed from his place and changed by Mansoor Qazi after the demise of a uncommon white lion on the zoo, Geo Information reported Thursday.

The lion had died on Wednesday after his lungs reportedly stopped working because of pulmonary tuberculosis.

The directives for Hashmi’s elimination from the submit had been issued by Metropolitan Commissioner Afzal Zaidi.

In the meantime, the commissioner additionally issued a notification for Qazi’s appointment as Karachi Zoo’s new director.

In accordance with the notification, Qazi — who has served as Karachi Zoo director earlier — has been appointed once more, however quickly.

Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab stated he was saddened to be taught concerning the demise of the white lion.

He stated that the lion was “ailing for 10 days”.

Uncommon white lion dies at Karachi Zoo

Karachi Metropolitan Company Spokesman Ali Hassan Sajid had stated that the lion, aged 14 to 15 years, had been ailing for the final 13 days and was affected by pulmonary TB. The animal was being handled by veterinarians however he couldn’t get well and died.

A group of veterinarians carried out an post-mortem on the lion and picked up particulars concerning the sickness and demise.

In accordance with veterinarians, the lion additionally had pneumonia and the lion’s lungs had stopped working.

The lion, which was of a breed that’s going extinct on the earth, was imported from Africa for Rs10 million in 2012 to be delivered to Karachi Zoo.

Karachi Zoo restores provide of meals to animals

It’s pertinent to say right here that the availability of animal meals had been suspended by the contractor answerable for retaining the zoo animals fed.

Nevertheless, the availability was restored quickly after.

The contractor had claimed that the Karachi municipal authorities have not paid him for months.

“The administration hasn’t paid since February 2021,” contractor, Amjad Mehboob stated.

The matter was delivered to the fore after a video displaying a lion in Karachi Zoo in “terrible form” went viral on social media.

Nevertheless, Hashmi had refuted the stories circulating on social media, saying that the “zoo’s storage room has sufficient shares of animal meals.”