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 meltwater, springs and snow. Climate Conditions are dry temperate. Annual precipitation is 76- 102mm, most of which falls as snow during the months of November, December and January.

It can be found southern region of the Indus Stream, between Rondu and Shengus towns (John Mock). Essential creatures contains Snowfall Leopard, Darkish Endure, Lynx, Tibetan hair, Tibetan fox, Markhor, Pink lambs and Asiatic ibex.

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