This is the first ever camera trap photograph of Eurasian/Himalayan Lynx (Lynx lynx isabellinus)from Pakistan. This picture was taken by Mr. Jaffar Ud-Din (ISLT Field Biologist, Snow leopard Conservation Program
Pakistan) during his ground breaking work on the Snow Leopard and Himalayan Lynx in Chitral district. Many thanks to him for sharing this amazing picture with all of us.
Another ibex dies
Death toll of Sindh ibexes in Khirthar Park hits 48
By Amar Guriro
KARACHI: Another Sindh ibex has died in the Khirthar National Park following the recent wave of a viral disease in some of the herds, bringing the death toll of dead ibexes to 48.
Experts have termed it as a disaster that has gripped the protected park for the first time in its history.
Livestock doctors’ team to visit Khirthar National Park today
Actual cause of death of ibexes not ascertained so far
By Amar Guriro
KARACHI: A team of the wildlife department, comprising officials and doctors, would visit the Khirthar National Park, where an emergency has been declared followed by the death of several ibexes after getting affected with a viral disease. The team also includes livestock doctors from the nearest town, Thana Bola Khan, which will go to the park and check the general conditions of the park and see whether the disease has stopped or is still spreading among the animals.
However, a team comprising experts of pathology laboratory Islamabad, which is supposed to be the only laboratory to detect viral diseases among animals, would also visit the park on Wednesday. The team would collect the sample of the dead animals and would try to get blood samples of the infected animals so that the actual reasons behind the death of animals in the park could be ascertained through DNA test.
Fin whale caught in gill net killed by fishermen in Pakistan
September 2009. A 45 feet long sub adult Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) washed up on the beach of East bay in Gwader, Pakistan. The whale appeared to have some injuries on the fluke and on its head and the cause of mortality was concluded to be due to accidental capture in gill nets.
Fin whale in Pakistan killed in gill nets. Photo credit A Rahim/PWP
Undercover bear baiting footage reveals corruption
Aug 3, 2009
Disturbing footage taken in July by WSPA member society the Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) has proven that bear baiting events are taking place in Punjab and resulted in the investigation of wildlife officials for corruption.
For two years, the Punjab Department of Wildlife and Parks has denied that bear baiting takes place in the region, refusing to accept BRC’s continuous undercover investigations into this illegal activity.
The department’s complaints and denials have been in danger of undermining work to protect bears. "In the past years the Punjab Wildlife and Park authority have frequently ignored information we forwarded on bear baiting and thus our request to stop these events were sometimes not very successful," explains Dr Fakhar-i-Abbas, Executive Director of BRC.
This undercover image was taken in Sahiwal, Punjab, in July 2009.
Video at the end of the post
WWF celebrates saving of Himalayan forest and not so Common Leopard
Posted on 21 August 2009
Lahore, Pakistan: An initiative by Pakistan’s Supreme Court and a media and legal campaign has ended a proposed large tourism development in one of the best remaining representative areas of Himalayan forest in the Punjab.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court this month not only formalised the new government’s recent dissolution of the New Murree Development Project (NMDP), but ruled out any similar projects for the area in future.
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