Gol National Park
in the N.W.F.P province of Pakistan
bordering Afghanistan in the Hindukush
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Credit: Ahmad Khan
Gol National Park is situated in the beautiful valley of Chitral.
Chitral Gol is a narrow valley, its gorge running for some 18km
before broadening out into a basin surrounded by high peaks.
Numerous tributaries drain into the Chitral Gol, which flows
southwards into the Kunar River. Visitors and Visitor Facilities
Include two hunting lodges, originally built by the Mehtars.
This park is famous for its Markhor
goats, estimated 100-125 in 1970, and 225 in 1975. A more recent estimate
indicates a population size of 650. Other ungulates, such as Siberian ibex
and Ladakh urial (Shapu), occur in very small numbers, as do black
bear. The status of snow leopard changed from tenuous security in 1970 to
seriously threatened by 1974. The species does not appear to be resident,
visiting the park occasionally. Wolves are seen less frequently following
restrictions on grazing by livestock.
in the park include---Snow leopard (T), Kashmir Markhor (V),
Siberian ibex (V), Ladakh urial (T), Black bear
(T), Tibetan Wolf (V), Red fox (C), Yellow
throated martin (C) and Himalayan otter (V).
Note: T=Threatened, V=Vulnerable, R=Rare, C=Common,
bird in the park are---- Lammergier vulture, Himalayan Griffon
vulture, Golden eagle, Demosille crane (Passage migrant),
Peregrine falcon, Himalayan snowcock, Himalayan monal, Snow
partridge and rock Partridge.
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