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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During a recent ungulate survey in Khunjerab NP, the Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF) team was in for a special treat! They came across a snow leopard family – a mother with three cubs! With their mobile phones and pocket cameras, the team managed to take some footage of the cats, before moving on to count ibex. You can watch the video below!


Breaking Barriers: Expansion of Research Activities in Pakistan

February 4, 2015
In a major step forward for snow leopard conservation in Pakistan, our local partner, the Snow Leopard Foundation, is expanding its research activities into to the tribal belt (District Diamer) of Gilgit-Baltistan province.

Diamer District is one of the seven districts of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and is bounded by Astore District in the east, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the southwest, Neelum District of Azad Kashmir in the south, the Ghizer District in the north & north-west, and the Gilgit District in the north & northeast.

a pack of wolves in Pakistan’s Diamer District

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Villagers killed Grey wolf in vicinity of Chitral Gol National Park, Chitral

Kashif Ahmad GroundReport
Posted: 01/30/2015 at 3:44PM
Region: Pakistan

Chitral: In a tragic case of another killing of wildlife in Chitral, a Grey wolf was killed in Singoor Village in close vicinity and jurisdiction of Chitral Gol National Park Chitral on Tuesday 29th January, The wolf was shot down by using an automatic gun in the nearby hill side of Singoor village, said Mr. Muhsin, local resident of the area. He further informed that the injured wolf died after one day of the shot and no efforts were made by Wildlife authorities from Chitral Gol National park to rescue the injured animal.

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Distress Call - Wildlife at Margalla Hills National Park under threat
By Suhail Yusuf and Muhammad Umar

What would you do if one fine morning you walk up to your breakfast table, eyes half shut, and find a flying squirrel, a Bronzeback tree snake and a Rhesus monkey seated comfortably on your chair, sipping a hot cup of tea?

The natural reaction for many would be to shriek and run away. Chances are, if the same scene is repeated every morning, you would most likely start avoiding your breakfast table and find another place to get your meal.

That is exactly what's happened at the Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) in Islamabad, except in this case the perpetrators have been the humans and the unfortunate victims the wildlife at the park.

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Pangolin smuggling: Chinese approach customs to release seized animal scales
By Shahzad Anwar
Published: September 26, 2014

Amid the wildlife departments’ failure to determine the locations at which pangolins are being poached and whose hands are behind the smuggling of the animals’ scales, two Chinese citizens have approached customs officials to release the scales seized five months back.

Pakistan Customs officials had confiscated 145 kg of pangolin scales from the luggage of two Chinese nationals — Luo-Ruiyuan and Ying — at Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad (BBIA) in April. The pair was later allowed to leave the airport after clearing customs formalities. According to an estimate, the value of the seized scales is approximately $150 million in international markets.

Since then, district and provincial wildlife departments have failed to determine the poaching locations and arrest the hunters responsible for killing pangolins and selling their scales to foreign buyers, most of whom are Chinese.

The Ministry of Commerce has now sought replies from the Climate Change Division and the Wildlife Department on whether the confiscated scales could be released from the customs warehouse in response to the Chinese request.

The sources said that the Chinese nationals have filed a case with the Islamabad customs collector demanding the release of the seized scales.

In some parts of the country, every catch or kill can net the poacher between Rs10,000 and Rs15,000. PHOTOS: FILE

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