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Wildlife of Pakistan

31 Chakors rescued near Bannu

Posted on: March 19th, 2017 by Admin

French partridge also known as the red-legged partridges which are the national bird of Pakistan, Chakor. PC: Syed BABAKThe wildlife officials on 13th March took in custody two and a half dozen French partridge also known as the red-legged partridges which are the national bird of Pakistan, Chakor. They were being taken in a local traveler bus on the Indus Highway in Lakki Marwat. These 31 partridges were concealed in the hollow spaces of the public conveyance. Khan Malook Khan who is the district forest official informed the media personals that following a convincing report from a source regarding the probable task to smuggle the red-legged partridges, the wildlife officials initiated ..

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Qataris couldn’t make it to Tharparkar this time

Posted on: February 11th, 2017 by Admin

The Qatari Royal hunting excursion went down just before it could begin in Tharparkar when they were not granted the permission  to kill endangered (Endangered in Pakistan, Vulnerable globally) Houbara bustards. The Qatari prince and his team had intended to establish hunting base camp that would have lasted till the end of February but fortunately for the birds, they were denied hunting license. The birds have been placed on the ‘red list’ of endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Although hunting is banned, the Pakistan government regularly issues special hunting permits to Arab Royal families from the Middle East, naming it a foundation of foreign policy. C..

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Illegal trade of Endangered Green Turtles

Posted on: February 11th, 2017 by Admin

The wildlife department carried out this raid on the appeal of WWF Pakistan, which was getting quite a few complaints from inhabitants about the illegitimate deals of the endangered species in Karachi. The officials took in possession nine flap-shell turtles and more than three dozen endangered green sea turtle hatchlings which were being unlawfully traded at two aquariums on Burnes Road, Karachi. Chelonia mydas or the Green Turtle is a salt water species that is rare and Endangered (EN) in the Red List Category of IUCN. Lissemys punctata or the flapshell turtle is a freshwater species of turtle Native to Pakistan and found in South Asia. Their IUCN status is LC(least concern). The flapshell turtles were set free at Haleji..

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Chinkara Wildlife Sanctuary

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by Admin

A 940 km2 area of the Tharparkar district in Sindh has been declared a wildlife sanctuary named, Chinkara Wildlife Sanctuary. Note that, the chinkara is also known as the Indian gazelle. Now as per law, hunting of wildlife including bird species and deer is strictly not allowed. MPA Dr Mahesh Kumar from the Sindh provincial assembly notified that the secretary of wildlife Tharparkar has issued a notice on the advice of the chief minister in this regards. The provincial representative notified in a testimonial that the region has been declared as Chinkara Wildlife Sanctuary. Additionally, prohibition has been imposed from up to Chalihaar in the north, up to Bhorelo in the east, in the south from Bh..

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Wetlands Day – February 2nd, 2017

Posted on: February 5th, 2017 by Admin

Nature has provided us with Wetlands that conserve ecology against calamities. The rate of recurrence of catastrophes globally has multiplied in the last thirty five years. Major grounds behind are the climate driven changes and weather associated calamities like downpours ending in a flood, humid area cyclones and lastly lack of rains ending in a drought. The united nation states that 90% of all disasters in the world are directly related to water. According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this does not end here, this number is increasing with the passing years. Not much was reported throughout the country on the world’s wetlands day, 02 February, 2017. However, Bannu wildlife department in KPK organized an official gatherin..

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The Markhors are back

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by Admin

The elongated session of significant snowfall in the northern areas especially at elevated altitude areas of the district Chitral has enforced the Astore Markhors of the Chitral Gol National Park to move to steeper elevations in search of grazeable flora. This continuous cold and snow in the last three weeks has caused the wildlife to move on the territory forming the buffer zone of the Chitral Gol National Park. In the past couple of years, Markhor status in Pakistan has improved from Endangered (EN) to near threatened (NT). A good number of these Markhors moving to steeper altitudes is a solid evidence of increase in their population. This is remarkable and the efforts of the villagers around the national park who organized village conservation ..

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A remarkable Snow Leopard Rescue

Posted on: January 29th, 2017 by Admin

This is a story of a remarkable rescue from Naltar valley on Friday the 27th of January when the wildlife department sent out a team of seven including three volunteers to rescue a stranded snow leopard risking their own lives in extreme weather in Naltar valley. If you have been to Khunjerab, you must have seen that leopard which had been in the safekeeping of wildlife conservationists ever since it was a cub which got alienated from its mother three years ago. This young leopard had lately been moved from Khunjerab to an isolated area of Dishkar Gilgit in Naltar. Though, due to the fresh snowfall in the area, access to the region was cut off. Despite the fact that there were two care takers along with the adult..

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Ratti Gali Lake

Posted on: January 25th, 2017 by Admin

The Ratti Gali is around 18km from Dowarian in Neelum valley. The landscape is dominated by Pine forests and gushing streams emerging from alpine glaciers.The biggest and the most beautiful lake of the region, Ratti Gali, is spread over an area of approximately 1.5 square kilometers. The lake lies at an elevation of 3,700 m from the sea level and is fed by the surrounding alpine glaciers. The landscape around the lake is covered in snow for almost three quarters of the year. In the month of August, the region around the lake is filled with different colors of beautiful flowers which are dominated by the red (Ratti in local language) flowers.

The lake is easily accessible from Dowarian on Muzaffarabad-Kel road. Only 4x4 vehicles can make it to the base camp of the lake that lies 18km from the Muzaffarabad-Kel r..

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Wildlife conservation seminar

Posted on: January 21st, 2017 by Admin

An awareness raising seminar and discussion event was held in The University of Gujrat in Sialkot Campus 18th of January, 2017. The objectives of the gathering and discussion seminar were to motivate and educate students and staff about the importance of conservation of habitats and safety of wildlife and other marine species. A broad community awareness gathering associated to pets management and their caring habits was also the highlight of the seminar...

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KPK Wildlife Biodiversity Board

Posted on: January 18th, 2017 by Admin

According to an official media announcement, the Wildlife and Biodiversity Board (KP-WBB) has been established by the KPK provincial government. Chief minister KPK, Pervez Khattak will be chairman of the board...

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Thar Conservation Seminar

Posted on: January 18th, 2017 by Admin

Addressing a 5 hours seminar on “Conservation of Wildlife in Thar” held at ICCBS, University of Karachi, some serious distress over a remarkable decline in population of precious wildlife in Thar was shown. Held on the 25th of this month, the speakers raised serious concerns and demanded the locals and influential hunters to bring an end to unlawful hunting in Thar. Strict actions need to be taken to put an end to the ruthless hunting and trapping of endangered and rare species of the Thar Desert. The speakers insisted upon the officials to force a complete prohibition on hunting and poaching in Thar. This constituency of Sindh is blessed with the precious and uncommon species including Blue Bull (Neel Gae), desert Gaz..

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Deforestation in Punjab

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Admin

Deforestation in PunjabMr. Abdul Majid Maqsood reports that deforestation in our country especially Punjab is stretching rapidly and it is spoiling the intact natural glory of the ecology in the region. This action of slicing down trees in a big number is demolishing the ecological systems and will affect the outlook of the subsequent generation. Deforestation is not only the root cause of hazards to the ecological system but this action directly influences the wildlife species. A dozen of animals are on the brink of extinction because of the devastation of their natural environment. The government has to come up with an ecological conservation arrangement right away to control deforestation on a gigantic..

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Deosai, the last Sanctuary

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 by Admin

Brown Bear DeosaiA master piece by Nisar Malik and Walkabout Films! Deosai - The Last Sanctuary'.This is a film the highlights the critically endangered Himalayan Brown Bears in Pakistan,  for whom the Deosai Plateau is home. This film was premiered on April the 24th 2014, at the Pakistan Council of the Arts in Islamabad. This Give Back Project focuses on enlightening the impact of nature and wildlife conservation by indulging with and educating the youth, local inhabitants and the public around the country through the mode of film. Below is the link to the video page.

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Chitral: Brutal hunting of migratory birds

Posted on: May 25th, 2013 by Admin

Brutal killing of Birds.The wildlife department is impassive to the brutal assassination of the migratory birds with the start of hunting time of turtle doves, native to Russia, which is on track in the upper valleys of Chitral. Hashim Baig, a district conservation member of staff from Terich, informed Dawn on Sunday that its hunting in Chitral has peaked during the month of May despite of the fact that dove was believed as a sign of harmony migrating from next-door Central Asian States of Tajikistan & Uzbekistan. These doves are included in the game birds which can be shot by getting a hunting permit, allowing hunting of a couple of birds a day. He told that a huntsman in Chitral used to shoot more than 100 doves in 24 hou..

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World Migratory Bird Day

Posted on: May 25th, 2013 by Admin

World Migratory Bird DayThe World Migratory Birds Day will be observed in May around the globe The KPK Wildlife Department of will conduct educational seminars in the nature school clubs. DFO Wildlife Extension said that, children will be up to dated about migration of birds, the take off route, significance of wild species and their job in conservation of nature, in the talk. The 2013 World Migratory Bird Day Poster places of interest a few of the thousands of sites significant for bird immigration. Talking to APP, he said the World Migratory Birds Day is a 48 hours experience yearly held on the subsequent weekend of May to emphasize the necessity to protect migratory birds. The United Nations is one of the many associations that support ..

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Wildlife department rescues 4 smuggled gazelles in Karachi

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Admin

Wildlife department Sindh was successful this time in averting an illegal smuggling of 4 young gazelles and recovered them in small baskets at the Cantt railway station on Wednesday after an anonymous call to the Sindh wildlife department about the unlawful deal of the endangered desert gazelles. Mumtaz Soomro who was part of the incursion said that these species were moved from Bahawalpur via the Khyber Express as part of freight registered under fake names. He added that they were unfortunately unsuccessful to ca..

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Mysterious disease killing 40 peacocks in Sindh

Posted on: July 22nd, 2012 by Admin

Geo News Pakistan reported on Saturday that an inexplicable disease has killed more than 40 peacocks over the course of three days in the Thar desert. The broadcast covered that the mysterious disease in the peacocks was exposed when 15 birds were killed in a town near Islamkot. The channel said that about eight to 10 peacocks a day are reportedly dying in areas of Kehri and Islamkot union councils in Tharparkar district.   Neighboring people said that after being infected by the disease, the eyes of the peacocks had popped out as of inflammation and they died within 24 hours. The disease has now spread to quite a few villages. The samples of the disease-inflicted peacocks have been sent to Karach..

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Leopards are struggling for space

Posted on: July 21st, 2012 by Admin

The population of one of the big cats of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir, the leopard, is dwindling rapidly and regardless of strict conservation efforts, leopard poaching is still a productive industry. Earlier this year for example, spanking new leopard skins curved up in both Lahore and Rawalpindi where exceedingly stupid people are prepared to pay as much as two hundred thousand rupees for such a treasure. Leopard remains find a ready market too as they are used by some hakims here and also smuggled out of the nation for use abroad. It is hard to make an approximation of the number of leopards remaining in the country but their number is relatively small. In recent years, killing leopards and selling off their skins and body..

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Mass hunting of Markhor, its our National Animal!

Posted on: July 21st, 2012 by Admin

Being Quoted as it was published in the Newspaper Letters section by Mr. Farhan Suleman from Lasbella, "I would like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned towards the mass hunting of wildlife at Goth Ismail Shikari Kharkhacho tehsil, Bela district, Lasbella, Balochistan. About 10,000 wild goats (markhor) and sheep are present in this area and people are free to hunt. Wildlife is decreasing day by day, diminishing and damaging the beauty of this area of Balochistan. Locals lodged a complained with former district Nazim but no action was taken. Instead they were scolded on raising this issue. I would request the au..

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Replacing outdated wildlife law stalls

Posted on: July 21st, 2012 by Admin

Hunting licences seemingly issued by ignoring law: LHCReported in the Daily Dawn KARACHI on June 30th that, a draft of the Sindh Wildlife Act, 2010 which is an important piece of document meant to replace the outdated Sindh Wildlife Ordinance, 1972, has been seeking government endorsement for more than 12 months. Find more details on the law in Daily Dawn from July, 2012...

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Experts suggest 4 divisions for wildlife in Chitral

Posted on: July 21st, 2012 by Admin

It's now time to divide the district of Chitral into four wildlife divisions to encourage biodiversity and conserve diverse species of animals and birds, said experts and personnel of different conservation organizations. Also reported by Rahmat Alam, a biodiversity specialist, Chitral is one of the richest districts of Pakistan in terms of biodiversity but it remains unexploited and lasting to scarcity of finances. The district spans over 14,850 square kilometers but the wildlife sector has only 56 employees. He believed that the district had different varieties of wildlife out of which many were endangered species while it also ..

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Animals need their space, Fishing trends

Posted on: July 21st, 2012 by Admin

These are dozens of things going ghastly for the wildlife at the moment. Human interference in the form of city, town and rural community expansion with associated slaughter of agricultural, forest and other lands, along with contamination of waterways, all have an adverse effect on wildlife, be this in any form land or marine. Expansion in the population of Pakistan at frighteningly rapid rate and as the economic circumstances get worse for ordinary people who increasingly find it hard to make ends meet, so too does the stress on all forms of wildlife which already experience very badly from climate change and related issues.   But it’s even bad to quote that despite of all thes..

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Lohi Bher Wildlife Park being renovated

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 by Admin

The Lohi Bher Wildlife Park is extended over 278 hectares. Its main attraction is Lion Safari, but sadly it is closed for a long time because of the assembly work and the occurrence of lion attack. Most visitors return without watching the lions because of the ramshackle state of roads. At many divisions, there is not even mark of a road and visitors keep away from moving forward because of these grounds. The fortune of Lohi Bher Wildlife Park is on the subject of changing after a couple of decades. As many as 18 new cages have by now been made for accommodating more fauna in addition to an aviary for birds. The park management is confident that the..

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Sarus cranes seen in Pakistan after a decade

Posted on: May 29th, 2012 by Admin

KARACHI: The world's tallest flying bird, the majestic Sarus crane is back in Pakistan after more than a decade. A lone pair sighted in Nagarparkar this year is a hope that the rare bird species may become part of Pakistan's landscape again. But this can happen only if people develop a love for this beautiful and delicate creature and start protecting it. This important information was shared at a meeting held on the premises of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) on Friday where wildlife experts, nature enthusiasts and government ..

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In Kalam, a wildlife park and varsity campus on the cards

Posted on: May 24th, 2012 by Admin

SWAT Kalam valley will soon have its own international standard wildlife park along with a campus of Swat University. This was announced by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Syed Jaffar Shah on Wednesday, according to a press release issued by his office. Shah said that plans are underway for a wildlife park in Kalam valley to attract tourists and conserve wildlife. “The provincial government has already approved a campus for Swat University focusing on forestry and ecotourism. These forests have precious ..

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Need to step up

Posted on: May 17th, 2012 by Admin

It is clear that we need to develop some sense of wisdom about the wildlife in our country to prevent it from disappearing altogether from our lives. The fact that so many animals are hunted or poached means that there is a real threat that they will become extinct, robbing us off a form of life which can never be replaced.

According to a report from Quetta, the footprints of two leopards were recently spotted by local villagers in the Takato range towards the north of Quetta during the recent snowfall in t..

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Endangered species: Snow leopard shot dead by villagers in Kashmir

Posted on: April 26th, 2012 by Admin

MIRPUR (AJK), A scared cat climbs up a tree, is spotted by an innocent child and consequently rescued by local heroe an anecdote of human compassion often narrated in children's books. However, in the remote town of Rawalkot in Azad Kashmir, when a snow leopard, an endangered species, climbed up a tree in fear, the villagers shot it down. Kashmir is home to two of the world's big cats, the common leopard (Panthera pardus) and the snow leopard (Uncia uncia), a cat so secretive few have been privileged enough to get a glimpse of it in the wild. A businessman of the area, Waseem Khursheed, is a witness to the killing. A snow leopard climbed up a tree and remain..

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Three snow leopards snapped in a single capture in Khunjerab National Park

Posted on: February 9th, 2012 by Admin

Three snow leopards snapped in a single capture in Khunjerab National Park Snow leopards are so enigmatic in nature and exist in one of the most unforgiving and remote environment of our planet that encountering with snow leopard in the wild is a million dollar sight. This elusive personality of snow leopard led one of the outstanding wildlife biologists of the world to attribute this as “Imperiled Phantom”. In Nov-Dec. 2010, a sum of 643 photographs counting a group of 3 snow leopards (2 sub adults with a mother) were photographed during an exhaustive camera trapping session of 560 nights in KNP ..

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Potohar no more a wildlife sanctuary

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 by Admin

Pothohar PlateauRAWALPINDI, Jan 19: The Potohar region is rapidly losing its unique characteristic of being a habitat to spectacular wildlife species due to rampant poaching, with the authorities concerned doing nothing to protect the fauna from human greed. The Rawalpindi division is rich in both flora and fauna and is home to a magnificent variety of wildlife like kaleej, partridge, pheasants, blandford urial, rabbits, black and grey partridges, barking deers and migratory birds like mallards, teals, ruddy shelduck (Surkhab) and snipes etc. According to the wildlife department, hunting season in the area starts from November 15 and continues till January 31 but illegal hunters and poachers come to the..

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India, Pakistan and the Snow Leopard

Posted on: February 5th, 2012 by Admin

Pakistan seeks return of snow leopardAmongst the lesser known casualties of the conflict between India and Pakistan is wildlife. In times of war, we hear of the loss of human life and property but seldom notice the huge impact on wildlife. Animals found in the vicinity of the disputed India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir are on the verge of extinction. One such is the snow leopard in the border district Kargil. Kargil, a district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in North India is a remote, arid, cold and high altitude area that gained international prominence after the Kargil War of 1999. Because of its suitable habitat Kargil is home for many endangered wildlife species, like the Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia), Tibetan wolf (Canis lupus..

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Snow leopard Spotted

Posted on: February 5th, 2012 by Admin

Spot the predator

CHITRAL, Jan 26: Snow leopard was spotted in the forests near Bakamak and Shali villages in Chitral district on Wednesday and Thursday after long disappearance.

An official of the local wildlife department told Dawn on Thursday that the big cat appeared near Bakamak and Shali areas but heavy snowfall forced it into moving to Toshi game reserve at lower altitude. He said snow leopard hadn’t been seen in the area over the last two years amidst fears about its extinction. People thronged the Garam Chashma Road to catch a glimpse of the leopard. The wildlife department official said the big cat descended to the areas of low altitudes in search of food..

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