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.
Pangolin trade betrays apathy for biodiversity
Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012
Conservationists see the decimation of pangolins (scaly anteaters) in Pakistan as a sign of the callousness with which this country’s rich biodiversity is being traded away for commercial gain, according to a report by the IPS.
Tariq Mahmood, an assistant professor, toldsIPS that if the illegal trade in pangolins – prized for their scales and meat – is not stemmed, the animal may well go extinct within the next few decades.
Between December 2011 and March 2012, Mahmood’s team of researchers recovered 50 pangolin carcasses in the Potohar district of Punjab province alone.
Healthy populations of predator and prey documented in MisgarChapurson, Gilgit-Baltistan
Thanks to SLN member Ali Nawaz for distributing this press release to the SLN.
SNOW LEOPARD FOUNDATION
“Abundance of signs suggest a healthy population of snow leopards in Misgar-Chapurson”, says Hussain Ali from Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF) on completion of a month long site occupancy surveys in Misgar and Chapurson valleys, Hunza-Nagar, GilgitBaltistan. He explains objective of this survey was to explore presence/abundance of snow leopards and other sympatric carnivores in the area, as well as their conflicts with the local community.
Wildlife secretary backed controversial import of big cats
From the Newspaper | Faiza Ilyas | 2 days ago
KARACHI, Sept 8: While the Sindh wildlife department is ‘observing’ silence over the legal status of the big cats currently housed in the zoo, correspondence between government departments over the past two months shows that the wildlife and forest secretary had also endorsed a request of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation for the import of animals brought to the city without a mandatory permit in July, sources told Dawn on Saturday.
The letter released from the secretary office, according to the sources, is dated July 11 whereas the animals arrived three days later at Karachi airport. The letter addressed to the ministry of climate change, forestry wing, and a copy of which was also sent to the provincial wildlife department, endorses the KMC’s request for the import of big cats.
They termed the initiative on the part of the wildlife secretary ‘unusual’ saying it was the provincial wildlife conservator’s job to forward such a letter to get the mandatory permission from the National Council for Conservation of Nature (NCCW), part of the federal forestry wing, for animal import. That was already done on June 27, two weeks earlier when the letter was sent from the wildlife secretary office.
The (wo)man eater
By Muhammad Adil Mulki
Published: September 2, 2012
The common leopard, a beautiful and enigmatic jungle creature, is fast becoming notorious for its attacks on humans for reasons created by humans themselves in the northern areas of Pakistan. The common leopard, a beautiful and enigmatic jungle creature, is fast becoming notorious for its attacks on humans for reasons created by humans themselves in the northern areas of Pakistan.
In 2005, a strange demon haunted the scenic Galiyat regions in Pakistan’s north. It was bold enough to prey on humans even during the day time. And so, children were prohibited from wandering off too far into the woods and had to stay mostly indoors. But men and women still had to venture out to perform their daily chores.
The common leopard, a beautiful and enigmatic jungle creature, is fast becoming notorious for its attacks on humans for reasons created by humans themselves in the northern areas of Pakistan.
Long-billed vulture population stabilising in Pakistan
Banning cattle drug diclofenac and increased awareness of role of vultures in ecosystem halts decline of critically endangered species
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 August 2012 02.00 EDT
The alarming decline in a critically endangered species of vulture in Pakistan appears to have been halted, according to surveys of the birds. They indicate the population of the long-billed vulture (Gyps indicus) is stabilising.
The species had declined rapidly in the late 1990s because of the deadly effect of the cattle drug diclofenac. The birds died after eating carcasses contaminated with the drug.
Now fieldwork carried out in the Nagarparkar desert in Sindh, south-east Pakistan, by The Peregrine Fund, has shown that the population of the long-billed vultures has stablised over the past four breeding seasons with no obvious signs of decline. The 2006 annual report by the US-based TPF had reported 103 occupied long-billed nests, down from 290 in March 2003. WWF-Pakistan verified the same. In 2010/11 it counted 172 long-billed vultures in the same area.
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