Visit Safari Park from Karachi

History:

Karachi Safari Park was inaugurated in 1970 by Lieutenant General Atiq-ur-Rehman. It was an independent project of the then Karachi Municipal Corporation. The creation of an independent zoo, safari and aquarium department followed in 1995. Karachi Safari Park is now an independent wing of the Community Development Department of City District Government of Karachi and has been designated as a 'family park'.

Zoological Garden

It has a zoo, geared with viewing facilities like chairlifts and safari tracks, as well as two natural lakes. The park also features a private funded amusement park, Go Aish, in its vicinity. The highlight of the Safari Park is the large hill located in the very center. There are various options to get to the top. You could follow a meandering trail that leads to the top. Or you could walk up the steps that have been built at various spots along the hillside to climb to the top. Or, you can just prefer to "go natural" and climb the rugged hillside by yourself. At the top of the hill are lush green areas for walking, running around, and even playing football . There are also food and ice cream stalls - but no restrooms.

A Unique Fact:

The land on which Safari Park is situated was lived in 5,000 years ago by the Phoenicians. The fact that they lived here was proved conclusively when their graves were identified by the renowned archaeologist Dr. S.M Ashfaq. The fruit of an archeological expedition organized by Mr. Azmat Ansari was the discovery of a 5,000 year old pitcher which was on display in the National Museum Karachi for some time. The find was made less than a mile from the Safari Park. The entire land on which Safari Park is situated millions of years ago was under the now extinet Tethyes Sea.

One of the two artificial lakes at Safari park, which once had been home to many wild birds and also provided a recreation facility to the citizens, has virtually been turned into a muddy pond without any birds due to negligence of the park management. Sources in the city government said that about 30 flamingo, eight black swans, four cranes and other birds were residing in the lake just a year ago. Many of them have either been stolen or died, while rest have been shifted to an isolated place in the park. They said that the park management had not been providing any proper health facilities to the wild animals and birds' residing in open closures. This, they added, had resulted in the deaths of various birds and animals. Currently, there is only one veterinary doctor for the animals and birds but he, too, is involved in administrative affairs hardly visits the safari area, sources said. They said that the lake had not been cleaned for the last eight months, which had resulted in spread of fungi in and around it. The shelter for the birds has also been broken, they added.

Located at: Safari Park, Karachi, Pakistan
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