Does Freedom Await Kaavan, ‘The World’s Loneliest Elephant?’

By Sonya Rehman On a weekday, the vicinity outside the Islamabad Zoo (once known as Marghazar Zoo) is crowded with families and their children milling about, buying toys, snacks and drinks from the kiosks set-up near the entrance. However, the zoo’s bright yellow main gate is closed and every now and then, hopeful visitors walk … More Does Freedom Await Kaavan, ‘The World’s Loneliest Elephant?’

Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor Wows Pakistani Audiences

By Sonya Rehman Now playing across Pakistani cinemas this month, the new animated production, Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor, made in collaboration with WWF Pakistan, is not only a visual delight for cinemagoers, but also highlights a crucial issue: wildlife conservation. At the heart of the story is protagonist Allahyar, a young boy who … More Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor Wows Pakistani Audiences

Our True Test

By Sonya Rehman A day before we picked her up, her brother was killed by a speeding vehicle. He was too adventurous and had strayed from the pack. With her remaining three puppies, the emaciated mother dog had lucked out – she had sought refuge on a green belt near an army check point in … More Our True Test

Cher Pushes For The Release of ‘Kaavan’ – Islamabad’s Loneliest Elephant

By Sonya Rehman From a change.org petition that garnered thousands of signatures, to immense pressure from animal lovers and animal rights activists both at home and abroad, Kaavan, the 29-year-old maltreated elephant in Maraghazar Zoo, in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, was recently unchained after 27 years in confinement. Gifted by Sri Lanka to Pakistan in the 80s, Kaavan’s only … More Cher Pushes For The Release of ‘Kaavan’ – Islamabad’s Loneliest Elephant

What a Miracle!

By Sonya Rehman She was spotted by my mother in FCC Park, in Gulberg, Lahore. It was early August during Ramadan. An emaciated dog, curled up in one of the green belts – she was fatigued due to severe malnutrition and starvation, too weak to lift her head. A man in the vicinity had walked … More What a Miracle!

Lives Forsaken at the Bahawalpur Zoo

By Sonya Rehman Published by Markings, ‘BHV Zoo’, by Karachi-based photographer, Amean J, is a somber, melancholic depiction of the animals that inhabit the Bahawalpur Zoo. Set against stark, white pages, the black and white photographs illustrate a forlorn, ghost-like ambience of the zoo, with animals who wear expressions of abandonment, and resignation to life. … More Lives Forsaken at the Bahawalpur Zoo

This is NOT Art

By Sonya Rehman There’s a very fine line between art and sensationalism. You see, it’s a lot like journalism – the more ‘out there’ and sensationalistic the subject matter, the greater the ‘impact’. From racy themes, wild brushstrokes, loud colours, and scandalous topics, art (like journalism) can often be tainted, exaggerated and made overtly vulgar … More This is NOT Art