Press release from Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan: Three snow leopards snapped in a single capture in Khunjerab National Park

Three Snow Leopards have been snapped in Khunjerab National Park, by Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan. This is amazing as seeing even one of these elusive cats is a pretty rare event.

A total of 643 photographs including a group of 3 snow leopards (probably 2 sub adults with a mother) were photographed during an intensive camera trapping session of 560 nights in KNP during Nov-Dec. 2010, conducted by the Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan in collaboration with the Directorate of KNP and Gilgit-Baltistan Forest and Wildlife Department. The cameras captured many other wild species as well.

Photo credits: Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan (SLFP)

Please click the Snow Leopard Network (SLN) blog link below for the news story and pictures.

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Villagers kill another leopard in AJK


Villagers kill another leopard in AJK
By AH Nizami
Published: August 27, 2012

Villagers in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) killed another leopard in self-defence, highlighting the lack of arrangements for wildlife conservation by the AJK State Wildlife and Fisheries Department.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that a male leopard was shot in Bhimber district’s Kass Khadora village on Sunday morning. Villagers in Rawalakot district had shot dead another leopard eight months ago.

According to local freelance journalist Sajjad Jiraal, the village had been terrorised by a male and a female leopard over the past few days.

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The mute existence and extinction of peacocks
August 4, 2012

The beautiful bird caught Alexander’s (yes, Alexander the Great) attention while he was passing through Sindh. PHOTO: REUTERS The government tends to take notice only if the media becomes active- the media has an instrumental role to play. So why the silence?

The recent reports of peacock deaths in Thar, Sindh, have given rise to serious questions concerning the wildlife department and the media. It is estimated that around 200 peacocks have perished due to the outbreak of a highly contagious disease.

The disease is commonly referred to as Nokesal Rani Khet (New Castle disease). It is said to be transmitted from chickens. It is also alleged that the change in rainfall patterns could also be responsible for the spread of the disease.

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Thar’s dying peacocks


Thar’s dying peacocks: Wildlife department denies reports of disease spreading, says ‘show us proof’
By Our Correspondent
Published: July 31, 2012

HYDERABAD / KARACHI: The deadly viral disease in the peacocks has reportedly fanned out of Thar to the adjoining districts as the unofficial death count crosses 100.

The reports of the fresh wave of deaths, believed to be caused by the Newcastle Disease, came from Badin, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Tando Allahyar, Shaheed Benazirabad and Hyderabad.

The residents of Muhammad Baskh Kaloi village in Naukot area of Mirpurkhas said that they found nine dead peacocks from the wild near the Mehmood Shah graveyard. “There are also many sick birds which are whirling and frothing saliva from the mouth while their feathers are falling,” Kashif Kaloi and Abdullah Kaloi said while speaking to the media.

Abdullah said that people have started to mix tablets such as Disprin and Aspro in the drinking water for the birds to cure them.

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100 peacocks die in Pakistan


100 peacocks die in Pakistan

Officials fear that an outbreak of Newcastle disease is to blame for the death of more than 100 wild peacocks. Birds suffering from Newcastle suffer from coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, loss of appetite and often death.
Monday, July 30th 2012, 11:41 AM

Up to 100 wild peacocks have died suddenly in Pakistan, prompting fears of an outbreak of the highly contagious Newcastle disease.

Officials on Monday confirmed the deaths of at least 60 peacocks in Thar desert, part of southern Sindh province, over the last week. Local reports say more than 100 of the exotic birds have died.

The wildlife ministry said tests were being done to diagnose the cause of death, but said the wild peacocks had been weakened by starvation, deforestation and a lack of safe drinking water blamed on delays to the annual monsoon rains.

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Confiscated deer to dwell in Kirthar Park
our correspondent
Friday, July 27, 2012

Four deer seized from a train at the Cantonment Railway Station by the Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) have been over to the Kirthar National Park.

SWD’s Game Warden Mumtaz Soomro told The News on Thursday the deer had been given to the park as a natural habitat for such species exist there.

The SWD’s offices in Karachi lack proper facilities for the animals. Of the commonly found species in Cholistan and Tharparkar, three are female.

A First Offence Report against the smuggling bid has been filed and investigations are underway. No arrests have been made as yet.

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