A brown bear family sighted in Hundrap, Ghizer
Gilgit, June 21: The Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan, has said that a family of Brown Bear has been sighted in Hundrap area of Phandar, located in Ghizer District of Gilgit – Baltistan. According to a press statement members of an occupancy survey team sighted the Brown Bear family from an approximate distance of almost 100m.
The site occupancy survey in Pahndar was a two week activity to document occurrence of large carnivores, the press statement states, in which an area comprising of 51 grid cells (5 x 5 km each) were searched by six experienced researchers. The main localities surveyed included Langer, Barsit, Teru, Hundrab, Serbal and Chashi. The presence of brown bear, wolf, fox and ibex was confirmed in different parts of the area through their signs. Sighting of brown bear in Hundrab strengthened the evidences.
Gupis: The surveyors think that the population of the endangered Brown Bear in Hundrap might be very small. PR
WWF-Pakistan honours nature conservationists with awards
M. Waqar Bhatti
Friday, January 11, 2013
From Print Edition
The Worldwide Fund for Nature – Pakistan on Thursday gave awards to conservationists and organisations for their role in conserving nature and biodiversity in the country.
The awards were distributed during a ceremony held at a local hotel, where the Syed Asad Ali Conservation Award (SAAC), the Living Planet Award and Women in Nature Conservation Award were handed to conservationists.
WWF-Pakistan officials said the distribution was aimed at creating awareness about environmental issues, conservation of natural resources of the country and mitigating pollution.
Speaking at the award distribution ceremony, Sindh Secretary Wildlife Mushtaq Memon said the province was fortunate enough to have a vast range of biodiversity resources such as the hog deer, the otter and the Indus River dolphin, which were ecologically important.
The WWF-Pakistan successfully completed the first phase of the Indus for All Program in collaboration with numerous stakeholders, including the Sindh government.
Alarm bells ring over hunting of rare India-bound birds in Pakistan
A leading environmental group working for conservation of flora and fauna has sought intervention of the External Affairs Ministry to put pressure on Pakistan to ban hunting of rare birds, Houbara bustards, which has drastically reduced India's share of their annual winter migration and affected the desert eco-system.
The hunting of Houbara bustards, taxonomically classified as Clamydotis undulata, through falconry in Pakistan has led to an alarming decline in their numbers. The poaching mainly in Sindh province along the international border is not only a cause of serious concern for India but also in violation of wildlife protection laws and international conventions. The Tourism & Wildlife Society of India has pointed out in a letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid that the desert regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat are not benefiting from the rare birds as a result of their hunting in Pakistan. The species has been declared vulnerable due to a more than 60 per cent decline in its global population even as India's share in the Houbara's migration is “bagged” in the neighbouring country.
Girl wounded critically in leopard attack
By Our Correspondent
Published: January 9, 2013
A leopard attacked a girl in Bagan village, Galiyat on Tuesday, critically wounding her, police and hospital officials said.
Muhammad Pervez, father of seven-year-old Sumayya Bibi, told police that she was collecting firewood in the nearby forest when she was attacked.
She cried for help. Pervez and a group of villagers rallied to where she was to see the animal trying to drag her off deeper into the forest. They threw rocks at the leopard and fired warning shots, scaring it away.
Rare turtle seen along Sindh coast
M. Waqar Bhatti
Saturday, December 29, 2012
From Print Edition
Marine scientists associated with the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan have observed rare Olive Ridley turtles, the endangered specie of turtles believed to have become extinct several years back, on Pakistani shores recently.
WWF-Pakistan officials said on Friday that they have recorded presence of a viable population of Olive Ridley turtle in Pakistan after seven years.
“Two species of marine turtles - Green turtle and Olive Ridley turtle - used to abound our side of the Arabian Sea and frequently visiting some of the selected sandy beaches along the coast of Pakistan. Female Olive Ridley turtles are frequent visitors of sandy beaches at Hawks Bay and Sandspit but scientists and the Sindh Wildlife Department have observed sudden decline in the population in early 2000 and since then no Olive Ridley turtle was witnessed in Pakistan,” said Rab Nawaz, a WWF-Pakistan official based in Sindh.
He said it was generally accepted that Olive Ridley turtle had become extinct.
Endangered species: Injured Snow Leopard cub rescued by wildlife authorities
By Our Correspondent
Published: January 1, 2013
The Gigit-Baltistan Wildlife Department has taken into custody an injured snow leopard cub after it was spotted at a river bank in Gojal valley on the China border.
A leopard, possibly its mother, was believed to be accompanying the cub when it (the cub) got injured as they attempted to cross a river in the Khunjerab National Park, the third largest park of the country and one of world’s highest parks at altitude ranging between 3,660 metres to 6,000 metres.
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