Animal rights activists had campaigned against the plight of Islamabad Zoo's biggest attraction, a 35-year-old bull named Kaavan, the last remaining Asian elephant in the country who had lived alone since the death of his mate eight years earlier.
With Himalayan bears Bubloo and Suzie settling into their new home in Jordan, Islamabad’s Marghazar Zoo has shut down, thanks to Athenian efforts from people across three countries. But Pakistan has other zoos with plans to build more spaces.
Pakistan's Islamabad High Court has ordered the zoo to close earlier this year because of the facility's outrageous conditions blamed on systemic negligence.
Cher, who campaigned for Kaavan to be rehomed after 35 years of confinement in a zoo, greeted him at the Siem Reap airport and escorted him to his new digs in the Cambodia Wildlife sanctuary.
Kaavan, a 36-year-old Asian elephant, has spent most of his life in Islamabad Zoo but with much of that time without a companion.
The miserable condition of the 35-year-old bull elephant has drawn international condemnation and highlighted the woeful state of Islamabad's zoo. Kaavan is set to be flown to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia on Sunday.
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