A brown bear family sighted in Hundrap, Ghizer
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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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Bid to smuggle ‘largest’ turtle parts shipment foiled
Faiza Ilyas — Published Mar 06, 2015 07:04am

KARACHI: A Hong Kong-bound consignment of over 4,000 dried body parts of freshwater turtles, a protected species in the country, was confiscated last week by the customs authorities at Karachi port, it emerged on Thursday.

The dried body parts were identified as those of Indian narrow-headed softshell turtles, a critically endangered and protected reptile in the country.

“This is the largest seizure involving turtles in the country’s history that might involve militant organisations.”

This information was shared with journalists at a press conference jointly addressed by a customs official and a Sindh wildlife conservator at the Pakistan International Container Terminal on Thursday.

“The value of a turtle is over Rs150,000 (in the black market). Investigations are under way to uncover more links in the case while an FIR has already been registered (against the proprietor) with the customs judge,” said additional collector of customs Irfan Javed, recalling that a consignment of turtle meat was seized back in 2005.

Dried body parts of Indian narrow-headed softshell turtles on display at the container terminal on Thursday.—White Star

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An injured Arabian common dolphin released by WWF-Pakistan staff
Posted on 16 February 2015

Karachi, Abdullah Panjwani, an eco-guard working for WWF-Pakistan at Kakapir Village, Sandspit Karachi has rescued an Arabian common dolphin (Delphinus capensis tropicalis) at Sandspit Beach during the wee hours on Monday. The guard was collecting information about marine turtles and noticed around 11 feet large dolphin entrapped in the shoal on the sandy beach which was struggling to move back to sea. He observed that dolphin had marks of injuries below its eye. Following standard protocol for release of dolphin entrapped on beaches, he single handedly rescued the dolphin to return to sea. It took about half an hour before the dolphin was successfully returned to the sea at around 5:30 am.

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Longman’s beaked whale successfully released in Pakistani waters
By Sameer Mandhro
Published: February 12, 2015

KARACHI: Fishermen ensnared a rare Longman’s beaked whale off Thatta’s coast this week. But after they realised what was thrashing in their nets, they released it.

A group of tuna fishermen while setting their nets in the offshore waters, about 122 nautical miles off Khobar Creek (district Thatta) saw that a Longman’s beaked whale (Indopacetus pacificus) had been caught in the gillnet on Tuesday.

A rescue operation was initiated by the crew of Al Azaan boat, under the supervision of Captain Iqrar Mohammad. They successfully untangled the whale after a 30 minute struggle.

“The entire crew took part in the rescue operation when they identified the endangered animal,” Mohammad said after he returned to shore on Thursday.

The Longman's beaked whale released back to the Arabian Sea. PHOTO: WWF-Pakistan

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The farmer's son who filmed a snow leopard
By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad

19 February 2015
From the section Asia

Villagers in mountainous northern Pakistan still remember the day a farmer's son let a snow leopard kill a dozen of his sheep, just because he wanted to catch the elusive animal on camera.

Imtiaz Ahmad waited five hours outside his family's livestock pen on a freezing March night in 2012, and was able to get about 15 seconds of video of the snow leopard entering the pen, and then leaving.

Next morning, the family found 10 sheep neatly slaughtered. One of them was half-eaten. Two were still standing, but their throats were slit. They died shortly afterwards.

The total loss - worth about $1,000 (£650) - was a financial disaster for the family and Ahmad had to face the ire of both his relatives and neighbours for not trying to prevent it.

Video at the link below:

Media caption Slowed-down version of Imtiaz Ahmad's footage of the snow leopard

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