Kaavan, the ‘loney elephant’s’, well-wishers and government officials gathered at Marghazar Zoo for Kaavan’s farewell party, on Monday. After 35 harrowing years at the zoo, Kaavan is finally set to depart this week for his retirement in Cambodia.
Years of campaigning by animal rights activists and international pop star Cher led to permission being granted to move Kaavan to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia.
Farewell for #Kaavan— 🍃 Friends of Islamabad Zoo (FIZ) 🍃 🐻 🐘 🐺 🙊 (@IsbZooFriends) November 23, 2020
Special guest SAPM @aminattock of @ClimateChangePK gave a worthwhile farewell to #Kaavan and laid his case very brilliantly. Thank you also to @smujtabahussain, @FaisalJavedKhan for coming! Brilliant to see @Savinglifeonpa1 there too! Goodbye kaavan! pic.twitter.com/wNJPK5DydU
Kaavan has a known fondness for music, as Dr. Amir Khalil veterinarian and head of the Four Paws mission in Pakistan bonded with him by singing Frank Sinatra songs to him. Musicians performed in front of Kaavan’s enclosure, serenading him as he snacked on grass.
Many local citizens came to see Kavaan one last time before he leaves for Cambodia, with some children painting pictures of the elephant as a parting gift.