No New Bear At The Islamabad Zoo!

  • by: A Sleem
  • recipient: Prime Minister , Imran Khan

The Himalayan bear at Islamabad zoo has died. For years, visitors and activists raised concerns about the Himalayan bear and begged for her to be shifted to a sanctuary.

The condition that the female bear lived in were extremely cruel and disturbing:

  • View Clip of the bear  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W31_BvpLhU
  • The bear lived in a concrete enclosure in the ground circular that resembled a well below ground (the bear could only look up and see the sky)
  • Kept in complete isolation alone / weaving back and forward 
  • No grass, No water, No enrichment
  • Safety Issues / Visitors would stone the bear throw garbage & bottles in the enclosure


Bears aren't used to being confined and crammed into an enclosure. Swaying in bears or pacing and moving their head from side to side are abnormal behaviours. This bear was deeply disturbed a term called zoochosis.

The administration control of Islamabad zoo was changed in (2016) from Capital Development Authority (CDA) to Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI). It's the duty of government to promote conservation by framing strict laws regarding these animals, but they continue to suffer. The bear died, sending out a clear message that the animals continue to suffer and that authorities are taking no interest in ensuring that there are proper facilities or care provided to animals.

Himalyan bears are found in North Pakistan and considered to be critically endangered and facing extinction. The lack of awareness of Islamabad zoo administrator's, who are ignoring the bears' ecological and social importance, is making things worse. 

There are no laws in Pakistan to protect animals in captivity. We must ask for the framing of strict laws regarding the issues below:

Pakistan Zoos Need To Establish:

· Laws for Captive Held Animals
· Management Of Zoos
· Training Staff
· Animal Welfare Issues

Please sign this petition to say that this bear should have been protected! The Zoo must not get another bear!

It's about time Islamabad Zoo administrators understand the animals they have captive are in crisis and that the bear should not be replaced.

Team Kaavan /Animal Welfare Worldwide
Denise Coenraadts, Diana Munoz, Carey Ostrer, Anika Sleem, Umm E. Kulsoom, Umer Inam

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