Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to set up the country’s first virtual zoo in the city, according to news reports published on Sunday (March 6). CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed and Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) Chairperson Rina Saeed Khan on Saturday (March 5) visited the closed Islamabad Zoo to discuss the development of a virtual zoo.
As per the details, two-thirds of the land will be utilised for public entertainment. It was disclosed that a virtual show will be arranged for the public every evening and high-tech movies and documentaries will also be played. On the remaining land, a rescue and rehabilitation centre for animals will be set up to treat the injured animals to be released into the wild.
Moreover, the CDA chairman stated that architect Naeem Pasha and others visited the zoo to discuss proposals for the revival of the place. He went on to say that the agency will prepare the PC-1 based on the guidelines issued by IWMB. According to the IWMB chairperson, the authority plans to have animatronic models of animals, informative 3D shows, and a visual gallery to inform the public about wildlife.
Reportedly, the concept plan will be discussed in the next meeting scheduled for tomorrow (March 11). The authority is given six weeks to start the construction work of the virtual zoo. It is pertinent to note that the Marghazar Zoo was closed in December 2020 on the orders of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and the land was handed over to IWMB.