Lions being auctioned off by zoo in Pakistan to free up space and cut costs

South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Lions being auctioned off by zoo in Pakistan to free up space and cut costs” – below is their description.

A zoo in northeastern Pakistan plans to put some of its lions up for auction on August 11, 2022, in a move meant to free up space and cut costs. Officials at the Lahore Safari Zoo said buyers can bid for 12 of its 29 lions starting at a base price of 150,000 rupees (US$670). The zoo’s lion enclosure has a capacity of 20 animals, and is so overcrowded that lions and tigers must take turns accessing the open paddocks. Conservationists raised concerns about the proposed sale, saying that without proper monitoring the private ownership of wild animals could increase the risk that the lions could suffer abuse or die.

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In This Story: Pakistan

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It has a population exceeding 212.2 million, including the world’s second-largest Muslim population. It has an area of 881,913 square kilometres (340,509 square miles).

Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650-mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China to the northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor in the northwest, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.

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