KARACHI: Outdated, gigantic bushes have been steeped in fantasy and legend for hundreds of years with every having a novel story and fable surrounding them. One such tree – a Banyan – graces the premises of Karachi Zoological Gardens, previously often known as Mahatma Gandhi Gardens. Based on locals, the tree is greater than 100 years outdated and regardless of its age it's nonetheless wholesome and inexperienced.
Surviving numerous seasons and storms, the magnificent tree has not solely been dwelling to many birds, bugs and animals species however has additionally been offering shelter to human beings who go to the zoo.
Through the years, the mentioned tree has sprouted 22 large stems which have outgrown to mark territory for it, giving the impression that the tree has a household of a number of different bushes surrounding it.
As a consequence of its growth, the tree shows varied lovely patterns and hues on an intensive panorama which drastically add to the historic worth and aesthetics of the Zoo.
Zoo authorities declare that the tree isn't solely the oldest one within the zoo however it's also the oldest tree in Karachi.
Offering additional particulars relating to its actual age, Zoo officers mentioned that the tree was planted in 1870 by the British authorities. On the time, there was no signal of a zoo over there and the land was reserved for horse stables owned by British officers.
Zoo officers additionally knowledgeable The Specific Tribune that when botanists and ecologists examined the tree upon listening to its age, they had been surprised to see the way in which by which it has formed itself to offer a habitat for varied birds and animals.
Karachi Zoo Senior Director Muhammad Mansoor Qazi mentioned that the Banyan tree is regionally often known as Bargad, whereas its scientific title is Ficus Benghalensis.
“Other than offering shadow, the tree additionally has medicinal properties and its bark and leaves are utilized in Ayurvedic medicines. For that reason, the tree was revered and worshipped by Hindus,” Qazi mentioned. “Owing to its historic significance, the Zoo takes particular care of the tree whereas efficient measures are in place to make sure its security and sufficient provide of water,”
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