Link: http://pamirtimes.net/2012/06/22/a-brown-bear-family-sighted-hundrap-gilgit-baltistan/

A brown bear family sighted in Hundrap, Ghizer
Our Correspondent

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

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Link: http://dawn.com/2012/05/02/elephant-in-marghazar-zoo-dies-saheli-to-reappear-in-bones/

Elephant in Marghazar zoo dies: Saheli to reappear in bones
From the Newspaper | Ikram Junaidi | 2 days ago

ISLAMABAD: Saheli, the female elephant in the city’s Marghazar Zoo, died on Tuesday, leaving her male mate Kawan, who kept watch on her as she writhed in pain in one of her legs for two weeks, all alone.

Zoo staff found it too unwieldy to transport her carcass to the Veterinary Laboratory at Chak Shahzad for the postmortem to determine the real cause of her death. So, the staff packed the carcass in ice for vets to conduct postmortem on Wednesday.


Zoo workers cover the body of Saheli, the female elephant which died in Manghazar zoo, Islamabad. - Online

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Paguma Larvata
05/03/12

‘Saheli’ dies at Marghazar Zoo

Link: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-6-106092-Saheli-dies-at-Marghazar-Zoo

‘Saheli’ dies at Marghazar Zoo
Muhammad Anis
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The Marghazar Zoo Tuesday lost one of its few main attractions, the female elephant fondly called ‘Saheli,’ allegedly due to negligence of its attendants and staff.

The female elephant died at a young age of 22, while the lifespan of an elephant is the same as that of human beings.

Sources said that the female elephant might have been poisoned because of politics in the zoo. However, Director Wildlife and Zoo Sajjad Shah said that it was premature to say anything final about the cause of its death. “We have sent samples taken from the body of the elephant to the National Veterinary Laboratory to ascertain causes of its death,” he said.

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Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/372622/saying-goodbye-22-year-old-saheli-passes-away-at-islamabad-zoo/

Saying goodbye: 22-year-old Saheli passes away at Islamabad zoo
By Maha Mussadaq
Published: May 1, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A 22-year-old elephant gifted by the Sri Lanka government to Pakistan in 1991 passed away at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The elephant, named Saheli, had been brought to Pakistan to be partnered with a male elephant named Kaavan when she was one-year-old.

Faiz Mohammad, the caretaker of the elephants, wiped his tears as he narrated the story of losing Saheli. “I have been taking care of her ever since she was a year old,” he said. “She was like my own child.”

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Paguma Larvata
05/03/12

Loss of a leopard

Link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/373058/loss-of-a-leopard/

Loss of a leopard
By Editorial
Published: May 3, 2012

Villagers in Battal, lying on the outskirts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) capital Muzaffarabad, ruthlessly killed a leopard cub that had invaded their settlement in search of food.

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Link: http://dawn.com/2012/04/30/greed-politics-at-zoo-may-cost-female-elephant-its-life-2/

Greed, politics at zoo may cost female elephant its life
From the Newspaper | Ikram Junaidi | 30th April, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The most popular animal of Marghazar Zoo, female elephant named Saheli, that has been suffering from severe pain in one of its legs for nearly a fortnight, on Sunday, fell down on ground and could not stand up despite all out efforts by the zoo attendants and veterinary officers.

On the other hand, samples of the animal’s excretion are being sent to the laboratory to know if the animal has really been poisoned as some insiders feared, Dawn has learnt reliably.

According to sources, two weeks ago, the right rear foot of the female elephant got injured with some sharp object – a nail or rock but management of the zoo did not bother to take it seriously. As a result, within a matter of days the minor injury turned into a severe wound and female elephant started limping.


The male elephant stands close to comfort the sick elephant at the Marghazar Zoo here on Sunday. - Dawn

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