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PWHF collaborates with Tehran Zoo
PWHF collaborates with Tehran Zoo

The arrival of two Asian elephants from Sri Lanka, a 5 year old female called Mehari and an 8 year old male by the name of Mehasen, has motivated those in charge of the zoo to plan considerable changes in the way the zoo is currently organized. These changes will include upgrading the animals’ cages and enclosures and designing new signs for a better introduction of the species.
Zoos are effective platforms for introducing conservation activities to the public. Keeping animals in optimum artificial conditions and conveying simple but useful information to the general public create a pleasant educational atmosphere in which visitors can get familiarized with different animals and their survival conditions and even become motivated to contribute to conservation activities. On the contrary, when visitors are confronted with dismal conditions in zoos and receive no proper educational messages, chances that they will become interested in the plight of wildlife becomes nil. Considering this essential matter, Dr. Iman Memarian, chief veterinarian of the Eram-e Sabz Zoo, solicited the PWHF to make new signs that provide easily comprehensible and scientific information on each species kept in the zoo. The first stage of the work was completed by the Foundation and proper introductory signs were prepared for 11 species: Asian elephant, boar, Persian wild ass (onager), common fox, wolf, striped hyena, Caspian horse, Bactrian camel, jungle cat, Red deer, and Persian fallow deer. The information provided on each sign includes specifications of each species, its distribution map, its survival conditions and conservation activities that are currently being done to increase the chances for its survival. The foundation plans to design further signs for all other animals in the zoo in near future.
We hope the small contribution that we have made to this zoo and future improvements in its overall conditions will bring it up to international standards. While visiting the zoo and its new guests, the two elephants Mehari and Mehasen, we invite you to pay closer attention to the newly installed signs and share with us any suggestions you may have to improve them.