Snow leopard shot dead at England zoo

07:12 PM | 30 Nov, 2018
Snow leopard shot dead at England zoo

LONDON – An 8-year-old snow leopard has been shot dead after escaping from its enclosure at a facility for animals, the Dudley Zoo confirmed "with enormous sadness" Friday morning.

The male snow leopard, Margaash, was killed at 5pm on 23 October after Dudley zoo in the West Midlands said it had “no other option in the interest of public safety”.

Margaash was born at Banham Zoo in Norfolk in May 2010 and was transferred to Dudley Zoo in September 2011, where he lived with three-year-old female Taïga.

He was the father of a snow leopard cub that died at the zoo in 2013.

"Once keepers saw snow leopard Margaash outside, the animal escape procedure was implemented and managers were notified, while the firearms team managed the incident," a statement read.

"Unfortunately, having no other option in the interest of public safety, the animal was euthanised by a senior member of the firearms team with a single shot and did not suffer.”

The zoo said its prime focus has been to "fully investigate what happened and carry out a stringent review" of all zoo enclosure security.

The door to the enclosure was left open through keeper error which has resulted in a disciplinary investigation of those involved.

The zoo said the snow leopard, called Margaash, was shot once by a senior member of the firearms team and did not suffer.

Margaash, who lived with a three-year-old female snow leopard called Taiga, escaped after a “keeper error” meant the enclosure door was left open.

The zoo said the incident led to disciplinary action for those involved.

The Snow Leopard Trust said: "As fellow animal lovers, our thoughts are of course with the Margaash, the snow leopard that was tragically killed - but also with the staff and volunteers of Dudley Zoo, who must be in shock and grief.

"We do partner with many zoos around the world to raise awareness and share expertise when possible. We believe zoos play an important role in wildlife conservation, both as a major funding partner and as a point of contact to animals for millions of people.

"It's a great loss, and we hope the necessary measures will be taken to avoid any such tragic situation in the future."

Snow leopards – a 'vulnerable' specie

Being classed as "vulnerable", there may be as few as 4,000 snow leopards left in the wild, with a population decline of at least 10% over three generations.

The rarely-sighted cats live in the craggy peaks of central Asia - including the Himalayas, and Russia's remote Altai mountains. Their habitat covers more than 1.8 million sq km / 694,980 sq miles, across 12 countries.
Snow leopards measure between about 55 and 65cm (22 - 26in) tall and 90 to 115cm (36 - 44in) in length, and prey on ibex, argali and bharal (Himalayan blue sheep).

Scientists say they are threatened by poaching for their fur, infrastructure developments, and climate change.

They have been known to live for up to 22 years in captivity but in the wild their life expectancy is more like 10 to 12 years.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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