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Wildlife Sanctuaries in Pakistan

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Detailed information about the Sanctuaries have been collected from the lUCN Directory of South Asian Protected Areas.

Wild Life Wildlife Sanctuaries

As documented by IUCN, there are about 225 acknowledged Protected and secured places in Pakistan, out of which, 99 have been identified as wildlife Sanctuaries. 96 of them are game reserves and 14 are national parks. Pakistan presently has 19 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 1,343,627 hectares.

Chinkara Wildlife Sanctuary

A 940 square kilometer area of the Tharparkar district in Sindh was declared a wildlife sanctuary named, Chinkara Wildlife Sanctuary in January 2017. 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 Bhorelo to Mithi and in the west from up to Wajatto.

Maslakh Wildlife Sanctuary

September 2006, the IUCN sadly reports on the Maslakh wildlife sanctuary after the PAF moved in: *”All flagships wildlife species have been eliminated from the area”.*

Manshi Wildlife Sanctuary

Manshi Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the Kaghan Valley on the east bank of the Kunhar River, 12km north of Paras Village in Hazara District, North- West Frontier Province. It is close to the border with Azad State of Jammu & Kashmir. The sanctuary is accessible via Paras along a very poor track, which is impassable during winter snow. 34°48'N, 73''34'E. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1977. Originally designated a reserve for a five-year period ending in 1973, having an area of 2,321ha.   The mammals have not been surveyed, but arc known to include common langur Presbytis entellus and Royle's pika Ochotona roylei (Wayre, 1971). Himalayan black bear Selenarctos thibetanus, Himalayan musk deer Moschus chrysogaster (V) and occasionally leopaid Panthera pardus (T) ar[...]

Manglot Wildlife Sanctuary

Established on the hilltops and plains of Khwara Range near the Indus River in Nizampur area of Nowshera district, the Manglot Wildlife Park is providing a sanctuary to endangered wildlife species and serving as a scenic recreational resort for the tourists. The park was set up in 1990s to serve as a sanctuary for the wild species besides creating awareness among people about importance of bio-diversity and to provide recreational facilities to the visitors. After passage of almost 20 years, the park is presenting a success story of the efforts being made for preservation of natural environment for protection of endangered wild species. A visit to the Manglot Wildlife Park disclosed that the sanctuary, spread over an area of 1,756 acres, is covered with thick forest green and dry land can [...]

Mahal Kohistan Wildlife Sanctuary

Designated in 1972, Mahal Kohistan Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the south of Kirthar National Park & at an area of 70,577ha. Common wildlife includes fox, Jackal, Jungle Cat,Chinkara Gazelle, Urial, Monitor Lizard and Indian cobra


Kinjhar lake is lying in Thatta District, Sind Province about 1 1 3km by road east-north-east of Karachi. Its southern end is about 19km north of the town of Thatta on the Hyderabad Road. 68°03'E, 24°56'N. Announced a creatures haven in Goal 1977 under Place 14 of the Sind Wildlife Security Law, 1972. First secured as a activity title haven in 1971, under Place 15/1 of the Western Pakistan Wildlife Security Law 1959. The haven was at first ornamented by a shield location of 1.6km distance, but this was enhanced to 5km in September 1975. Specific a Wetland of Worldwide Significance at the time of Pakistan's ratification of the Ramsar Meeting on 23 September 1976. Area 1 3,468ha of lake ornamented by a shield location of 5km distance. It has been suggested that the limitations of the [...]

Kharar Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

Propagate over a place of 235ha, this source can be found on the flatlands to the southern region of the Ravi Stream, 20km north-east of Okara, Okara Section 30°53'N, 73°35'E. IUCN Control Classification FV(Managed Characteristics Reserve). Biogeographical and region 4.15.07 (Thar Desert). The stream was first specific as a creatures haven in 1971; the haven was re-notified in May 1983.   Kharar is a short brackish/saline pond, with associated brackish wetlands. It was designed in 1945 due to water-logging, and is fed by regional run-off and seepage from nearby irrigated farming place. During the overflow period, unwanted water from nearby place is redirected to the pond, producing a decrease in salinity. The level of water differs from 0.2m to 3.0m. A pH value of 8.0 was [...]

Kargah Wildlife Sanctuary

This Wildlife Sanctuary is an IUCN Category IV species administration area with the principal goal to preserve, maintain and reinstate species and their habitats. This landscape was stated and identified as a wildlife sanctuary in the end of year 1975 in November. Location: Kargah wildlife sanctuary is located approx. around 35°49'55.74"N and 74° 4'58.43"E around the border of Gilgit, Ghizer and Diamer districts of the province Gilgit Baltistan. The valley covers 445 sq km which can be accessed travelling five km south-west of Gilgit by following the Kargah nala. Landscape: Kargah’s landscape is dominated by the Kargah nala and high peaks. Annual rainfall/snow is more than 200mm out of which some is in the form of snow in winter. T[...]

Kachau Wildlife Sanctuary

Kachau, Balochistan Sanctuary designated in 1972.

Haleji Wildlife Sanctuary

Lake Haleji, in Thatta, Sindh, Pakistan is a refuge in winters and home of thousands of birds and known as one of the most important winter areas of migratory waterfowl in Eurasia. It is located at 240 48 N and 600 47'E, and is within easy motoring distance, 88 Km, of Karachi. A sanctuary for birds and an outdoor attraction for humans. Haleji, a salt-water lake was formed by seasonal water, collecting in a depression. For additional water needed for troops stationed at Karachi, during world war II, salt water was drained out and an embankment was constructed around the lake which was fed by fresh water through a canal. Resultantly, Haleji became one of the major sources of water supply to the increasing population of Karachi as well as an exquisite refuge for waterfowl.   Haleji[...]

Hadero Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

Geographical Location Situated in Sind Province about 85km east of Karachi, Hadero is accessible via the Makli Hills-Thatta- Jungshahi metalled road. It is within 6km of Haleji Lake Wildlife Sanctuary and about 16km to the south-west of Kinjhar Lake Wildlife Sanctuary. Hudero is one of the most important brackish water wetland of Pakistan in Sindh. It houses a wide variety of Waterfowl prefer to pass their time. It is at Hudero that you are more likely to see Swans, Storks, Crans and feeding flocks of Pelicans. It is found as one of the favourite lake of orionthologist. Hudero was declared a wildlife sanctuary with objectives to conserve and protect the natural environment in and around the lake for different migratory and resident birds. Lake Hudero is situated at 24 49'N and 67 52[...]

Hub Dam Wildlife Sanctuary

Hub Dam is Pakistan's third biggest dam. This dam is located in the northern of Karachi around the Kirthar Nationwide Playground. A huge water storage area tank designed almost 30 years ago on the Hub Stream, in a area of dry flatlands and low stony mountains. Much of the banks is considerably racks and stony, but there are many short coves and small destinations. Vast majority of the tank (in Balochistan) is unprotected; the southern coast and place southern region of the Dam (in Sindh) are secured in the Kirthar Nationwide Playground and Hub Dam Creatures Haven., respectively. The stream established by the dam protects an place of 32 rectangle kilometers and is an suitable place for pets. There is a lot of waterfowl in the pond,both homeowner and migratory. The nearby mountains are th[...]

Ghondak Dhono Wildlife Sanctuary

Founded in 1977 and currently there are no activities going on.

DRIGH LAKE Wildlife Sanctuary

Declared a wildlife sanctuary in October 1972 under Section 14 of the Sind Wildlife Protection Ordinance, 1972. Designated a Wetland of Interna- tional Importance at the time of Pakistan's ratification of the Ramsar Convention on 23 July 1976.

Fauna Drigh is a breeding area for a variety of resident waterfowl, a very important roosting site for night heron Nycticorax nycticorax, and formerly a very important wintering area for ducks and common coot Fulica atra. Over 32,000 ducks and coots were present in January 1973, but numbers then declined rapidly as the area of open water diminished. Less than 7,000 ducks and coots were present in 1975 and 1976, and only 820 were recorded in January 1987. However, large numbers of ducks were again present in the winter of 1987/88. Over 17,[...]

Chorani Wildlife Sanctuary

The Chorani reserve was designated National sanctuary in 1972 but currently no activities are going on.

Cholistan Wildlife Sanctuary

The Cholistan area in the southern part of the area of Punjab contains some of the most unusual and exciting creatures in Pakistan. Some of the common creatures of this area are Desert wolf(rare), Native indian fox, Red fox, Jackal, Little indian civet, Little indian moongoose, Native indian greyish mongoose, Native indian leave cat, Forest cat, Caracal cat, Chinkara grazelle, Blackbuck, Nilgai antelope, Houbara bustard, Peregrine falcon, Saker falcon,Black supported vulture, Native indian cobra, Observe reptile, Saw scaly viper and Russells viper.

Chashma and Taunsa Barrage Dolphin Sanctuary

Chashma and Taunsa Barrage Dolphin Sanctuary is located in Mianwali District, Punjab, Pakistan. It was declared in 1972. Since the 1970s, the population of the Indus River Dolphins has significantly increased there.

Indus dolphin Platanista indi (E) occurs in some stretches of the Indus upstream of the barrage and has been recorded at Chashma, but no estimate of its population size is available. Other mammals present in the area include wild boar Sus scrofa, hog deer Axis porcinus, jackal Canis aureus and smooth-coated otttr Lutra perspicillata.

The fish fauna is rich and includes Gadusa chapra, Notopterus notopterus, N. chitala, Catla catla, C[...]

Buzi Makola Wildlife Sanctuary

Buzi Makola Wildlife Sanctuary is in lUCN management Category IV, thus is a managed Nature Reserve. It is located in Sindh, near Makran Coastal Highway and was designated status in 1974.

Borraka Wildlife Sanctuary

Borraka Wildlife Sanctuary is lUCN management Category IV, managed Nature Reserve and located near Kohat and given the status designated in 1976.

Bijoro Chach, Thatta Wildlife Sanctuary

Bijoro Chach, Thatta Wildlife Sanctuary is at an area of 121ha located in the district Thatta. This is a wetland in Sindh.

The Bajwat Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bajwat Wildlife Sanctuary includes a complex of natural riverine habitats along the Chenab river and two of its tributaries, extending up to the border with India with a total area of 5400 hectares providing protection to waterfowl, as well as a variety of mammals including Hog Deer and Nilgai.

Baldistan Wildlife Sanctuary

lUCN Management Category IV, Managed Nature Reserve. Geographical Location Lies in Baltistan District, 193km and 48km from the towns of Skardu and Gilgit, respectively. Approximately 35"36'N, 75"08'E. Date and History of Establishment Declared a wildlife sanctuary on 22 November 1975, Area 41,457ha. The sanctuary is contiguous with Astore Wildlife Sanctuary to the south-east. Altitude Ranges from 1,515 to 5,527m. Physical Features The sanctuary lies in Rondu Valley where the terrain is rugged, with precipitous mountain slopes. Rocks are meta-sedimentary, schistose and quartzite and also include a sequence of sedimentary, meta-sedimentary and igneous types. Quaternary lake deposits, stream gravel and alluvium are present in valleys. The major source of water is glacial mel[...]

Astore Wildlife Sanctuary

lUCN Management Category: IV i.e. Managed Nature Reserve. Geographical Location: Lies in the catchment area of Astore Nala, between Nanga Parbat (8,126m) to the west and the Plains of Deosai to the east, and about 11 km from the town of Bunji ie pproximately 35"38'N, 74"40'E. Approximate area is 414.72 sq. km. Altitude Varies from 1,212m to 6,060m. History: (Time frame and Record of Organization) Astore sanctuary was announced a creatures haven on 22 Nov 1975. The sanctuary is continuous to Baltistan Wildlife Sanctuary (414.57 sq. km) to the north-west. Wildlife: This sanctuary is home to a small population of our national heritage, the Astore Markhor. Other Reserves: Physical Functions Consis[...]