Bilal Mansoor Khawaja, a private zoo owner, sits with his white lion in Karachi. Photo: AFP

In Pakistan, rich city dwellers flaunt their wealth by keeping lions and other ‘exotic’ species as pets, status symbols

  • Lax laws make it easy to import exotic animals into Pakistan, with an estimated 300 lions in the city of Karachi alone
  • Those who keep them argue it isn’t harmful because they’re ‘on the edge of being extinct’ anyway. Conservationists disagree
Topic |   Pakistan

TOP PICKS

Bilal Mansoor Khawaja, a private zoo owner, sits with his white lion in Karachi. Photo: AFP
READ FULL ARTICLE