Link: http://www.wwfpak.org/newsroom/020913_commonleopard.php

First Common Leopard (Panthera pardus) Radio Collared by WWF-Pakistan
2th September, 2013

Lahore, 2 September 2013: The team of World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) captured a male Common Leopard (Panthera pardus) in the vicinity of Ayubia National Park. Later, fitted with a satellite (GPS) collar and released back into the wild in collaboration with the Wildlife Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. As this was the first time a common leopard had been collared in Pakistan

The team successfully captured and released the collared animal on September 01, 2013. The leopard was weighed, the morphometric details were collected and the satellite collar was fitted in addition to the DNA samples collection as well. Afterwards the leopard was released back in its original habitat. The entire process of radio collar fitting and other data collection was documented by the Walkabout Films Production Company who has already worked on the global wildlife projects including Planet Earth (the award winning BBC / Discovery series) and the Snow Leopard Beyond the Myth Filmed.

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 launched a project titled “Common leopard Conservation Project” in collaboration with Wildlife Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2011. This project is also supported by human welfare and nature conservation society and it has also adopted a new approach by using science research alongside the awareness raising component about the importance of this endangered species through media. The project includes awareness sessions for schools children’s, and local community about the leopard’s ecological importance. On the other side project is involved in collection of scientific data that includes scat analysis to identify the leopard prey base and its population in the area. On the sidewise a documentary film is also in progress in collaboration with the walkabout films to create awareness through media.

The radio collared Common Leopard will be tracked by the project team for the next two years on the minimum to get scientific information related to the home range and the territorial behaviour to take measures for the long term conservation of this species in its historic natural habitat of Pakistan.

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.

For Media Queries:

Syed Muhammad Abubaker
Press & Media Relations Officer
Office: 042 3586 2359-60
Email: pk.communications@wwf.org.pk

http://www.wwfpak.org/newsroom/020913_commonleopard.php

3 comments

# Mrs.Raza on 09/16/13 at 02:10

Hope they keep on tracking it and making the wildlife in pakistan secure

# arslan inayeth on 09/26/13 at 05:17

iam veterinarian and want to be woked on wild animals

# arslan inayeth on 09/26/13 at 05:17

iam veterinarian and want to be woked on wild animals

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