Pakistani zoo plans renting two pandas from China

20:47, December 09, 2010      

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On the rising public demand, administration of the Pakistan's biggest Zoo in the eastern city of Lahore has decided to rent a pair of pandas from China very soon, local media reported on Thursday.

According to daily Dawn, in these days the zoo administration is trying to get sponsorships to pay rent for pandas and has launched an appeal for funds on its website and through the media.

Pandas are the property of the Chinese government which gives the animals to zoos on rent.

Iqbal Khalid, director of the zoo, told about the panda plan and said they had completed paper work to get the pair.

"Once it gets a sponsor, the zoo administration will submit a request to the Chinese government for the animal, which is popular around the world. Chinese officials will visit the zoo to inspect housing and health facilities for pandas," said Khalid.

He further said that a housing facility for pandas would be made at the zoo in accordance with the international standards and after signing a contract, the zoo would be able to have pandas for a term of five years which would be renewable.

The zoo also planned to have the country's famous film actress Reema Khan as ambassador of wildlife in captivity who will adopt some birds and animals at a ceremony.

She would help the administration raise awareness among the public about wildlife issues.

Source: Xinhua

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