The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Kabul Zoo houses more than 100 types of animals

In this photograph taken on July 12, 2016, Afghan visitors look on as deer roam in an enclosure at Kabul Zoo in Kabul. Its scarred lion Marjan was for years a symbol of Afghan survival. Now, more than a decade after his death, Afghanistan remains battered by war but Kabul zoo is buzzing again -- a haven for women, children and young lovers in a capital city that has little public space for anyone but men. / AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Afghanistan-Conflicts-Zoo-Animal, FEATURE by Emal Haidary

The Director of the Kabul Zoo Aziz Gul Saqib, while celebrating the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), on 13 May said that more than 100 types of animals are being kept in the zoo, 40 of which are birds. Saqib added that migratory birds pass through the country’s atmosphere every year and mostly settle on the banks of the Amu Darya, Chek district of Wardak, Band-eQargha and rivers of Kunar and Helmand provinces. The Kabul Zoo situated along the bank of Kabul River, established in 1967 and badly damaged during the decades of factional fighting, and has been rehabilitated and is home to hundreds of different animals and colorful birds, is a popular recreational place that is full of visitors every day. Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) said: “Migratory birds are increasingly under threat from every corner: they are losing their habitats, subjected to illegal killing and suffering from the impacts of climate change,” adding that all of we are responsible to save such a precious component of the natural world. “As Afghans are famous in hospitability worldwide, therefore; better hospitability should be made against migratory birds and illegal killing of the birds should be prevented by everyone,” Director of the Kabul Zoo Aziz Gul Saqib said, adding that various types of rare birds are in the country’s forests and mountains which are not found in other countries of the world, unfortunately, they are illegally being killed and smuggled outside the country. Sayed Safdar a Kabul resident said: “Necessary measures have not been made to safe animals and birds so far,” asking the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to take necessary measures for the maintenance of rare birds and prevent the illegal killing and trafficking of them. On the other hand, the Director of Natural Heritage Conservation of the National Environment Protection Agency of the country Hamed Safi said that lots of efforts have been made to prevent the hunting of animals and the authority has prevented the hunting of more than 2,000 birds across the country. World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them Every year people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programs, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD. All these activities can also be undertaken at any time of the year because countries or regions observe the peak of migrations at different times, but the main days for the international celebrations on the second Saturday in May and in October. Birds migrate to move from areas of low or decreasing resources to areas of high or increasing resources. The two primary resources being sought are food and nesting locations. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.