Lahore: The Wildlife Protection Department (Punjab) has taken steps to protect the fauna in the city’s zoo attraction, wildlife parks and breeding centres in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to news sources.
To this effect, it has issued instructions for the staff working at these places to practice safety measures before entering the bird or animal cages. The Lahore Zoo is currently closed for the public; however, the staff is working, as usual, to take care of the fauna.
The staff working with these animals have been instructed to wear face masks, sanitise their hands and refrain from touching the birds or animals unless necessary.
The Veterinary Officer at Lahore Zoo has said that even though no such cases have been reported where animals or birds are infected with COVID-19 but staff is still practicing caution in the handling of the fauna.
Honorary Game Warden Baddar Munir has also said that the zoo administration is vigilant about the vaccinations of the fauna and that exercising caution at this time is essential.