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'World's loneliest elephant' given send-off party as he leaves Pakistan for new home in Cambodia03:42

'World's loneliest elephant' given send-off party as he leaves Pakistan for new home in Cambodia

Pakistan, Islamabad
November 23, 2020 at 17:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Monday saw a re-homing send-off celebration for Kaavan, an elephant that has spent 35 years in captivity at Islamabad's Marghazar Zoo. Kaavan, who originally came to Pakistan in 1985 as a gift from Sri Lanka, became widely known as the "world's loneliest elephant" following campaigning efforts from animal rights activists. The animal has now been given the green light for relocation to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary, where he will be moved to at the end of November via a chartered flight.

During a speech at the goodbye party, Federal Minister Malik Amin Alsam expressed hope that Kaavan will find happiness in his new home: "Kaavan, who spread happiness among us, is now being sent to a place where he will live a happy life. I hope that for the rest of his life, we will return happiness to him which he has given to us."

In 2012, Kaavan lost his enclosure partner Saheli, and has lived a life of solitude away from his kind ever since. In 2016, campaigners launched efforts to provide a better life for the animal, which was made possible in May 2020, when a court in Islamabad ordered the closure and eviction of the Marghazar Zoo following reports of poor conditions.

Following this move, the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board ordered Kaavan to be moved to an elephant sanctuary. Four Paws International, a global animal welfare organisation, have been leading the effort in supporting Kaavan in his health recovery process on the road to a new home in Cambodia.

The non-governmental organisation Free The Wild as well as co-founder and US celebrity Cher have been campaigning for the elephant since 2016.

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'World's loneliest elephant' given send-off party as he leaves Pakistan for new home in Cambodia03:42
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Monday saw a re-homing send-off celebration for Kaavan, an elephant that has spent 35 years in captivity at Islamabad's Marghazar Zoo. Kaavan, who originally came to Pakistan in 1985 as a gift from Sri Lanka, became widely known as the "world's loneliest elephant" following campaigning efforts from animal rights activists. The animal has now been given the green light for relocation to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary, where he will be moved to at the end of November via a chartered flight.

During a speech at the goodbye party, Federal Minister Malik Amin Alsam expressed hope that Kaavan will find happiness in his new home: "Kaavan, who spread happiness among us, is now being sent to a place where he will live a happy life. I hope that for the rest of his life, we will return happiness to him which he has given to us."

In 2012, Kaavan lost his enclosure partner Saheli, and has lived a life of solitude away from his kind ever since. In 2016, campaigners launched efforts to provide a better life for the animal, which was made possible in May 2020, when a court in Islamabad ordered the closure and eviction of the Marghazar Zoo following reports of poor conditions.

Following this move, the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board ordered Kaavan to be moved to an elephant sanctuary. Four Paws International, a global animal welfare organisation, have been leading the effort in supporting Kaavan in his health recovery process on the road to a new home in Cambodia.

The non-governmental organisation Free The Wild as well as co-founder and US celebrity Cher have been campaigning for the elephant since 2016.

Note: Music may be subject to copyright

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