Common leopard sighted in Lalazar, Nathiagali
21 August, 2013

A spectacular image of the common leopard-Panthera pardus was taken from a camera trap in Lalazar, Nathiagali. The photo revealed that the animal was in a healthy state but a little scratch on his nose. The camera trap, installed with the assistance of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department, had been shifted to its present location only a week earlier.

Camera trap of a rare Common Leopard sighted in Lalazar, Nathiagali. WWF-Pakistan has initiated Common Leopard Conservation Project to protect the endangered species from extinction

The common leopard - Panthera pardus, has been declared an endangered species under the Conservation and Assessment Management Plan (CAMP, 2004) conducted by IUCN in Pakistan. It states, “This species is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.” WWF-Pakistan has been conducting research on food habits, population abundance and genetics of the common leopard using camera traps since January 2012.

Main threats to the leopard include habitat degradation, encroachments on protected forests, alarming decrease in its natural prey, poaching and conflict with humans.

About WWF – Pakistan: World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan was formed in 1970 to address the growing environmental and conservation issues in Pakistan that not only affected the flora and fauna, but were also affecting the human population. WWF – Pakistan is a non-profit organisation, working preserve, conserve and save our environment and natural resources. Today, WWF - Pakistan works through 31 offices with a team of approximately 340 dedicated staff members. We have our Head Office in Lahore, regional offices in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Quetta, and project offices wherever there is need and the potential to make a difference.

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1 comment

# hisam gilani   on 08/16/15 at 22:13

I saw a live wild leopard crossing road late last night near nathiagali. It was a beautiful animal and was big in size

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