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Ayubia National Park

Ayubia National Park (shortened as Ayubia) is a protected area of 3,312 hectares (8,184 acres) located in Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northern Pakistan. It was declared a national park in 1984. Ayubia was named after the late Muhammad Ayub Khan (1958 – 1969), second President of Pakistan. The area supports temperate coniferous forest and temperate broadleaf and mixed forest ecoregion habitats, with an average elevation of 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above the sea level.
Ayubia National Park is surrounded by seven major villages and four small towns of Thandiani, Nathiagali, Ayubia and Khanspur. The park has been developed as a resort complex from a combination of four mini resorts of Khaira Gali, Changla Gali, Khanspur and Ghora Dhaka in Galyat. Currently, it is managed by the Wildife and Parks Department of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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Plant Species

The Ayubia national park is home to more than 100 plant species which are dominated by the Deodar cedar, Pinus wallichiana or the blue pine, Oak trees and other evergreen conifers like Firs. There are also around 21 plant species that have important medicinal features.

Wildlife

The park is also home to around 200 species of aves. This includes the one of the best-known birds of prey in the Northern Pakistan, the Golden eagle. Other birds include northern sparrowhawk (Shikra) , Honey buzzard and and Rrock Doves. A variety of pheasants are also found in the park that includes the uncommon pheasant species like the Kalij pheasant and koklass pheasants. According to WWF, the park has 31 species of mammals. Asiatic leopards used to be present in a good number but habitat degradation and hunting has led to a complete disaster and only 3 to 4 mature individuals are known to be present in the national park. Other animals like the hill fox and flying squirrel and Yellow throated marten are also found in the National park. Rehses Macaque are common in the areas near Hotel and restaurant. Himalayan palm civet and Masked civet are rare here but have been reported.

References: wikipedia

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