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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MOVIE: Into the Snow Leopard's Lair


The BBC Natural History Unit and Walkabout films-Pakistan have been busy filming the snow leopard in Pakistan's Chitral region for the last 2 years. This year they were lucky to film the same female snow leopard that was filmed last year with her cub at Chitral Gol National Park. The documentary will be featured as part of "The Natural World" series on the BBC. There is no indication on which season it will be screened, but most probably for the 2006-2007 season.

Preview of the upcoming release [wmv file - 9 Mo - 4 min. 25 sec.].


WWF fears adverse impact on Mangroves biodiversity of Bundal Islands

Lahore: WWF fears adverse impact on Mangrove forest biodiversity of the islands of Bundal and Buddo as Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has approved in principle the development of Diamond Bar Island city in the twin islands off Port Qasim along the Sindh coast by Emaar, a Dubai based firm.

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Turtles found dead at Sandspit Beach


Turtles found dead at Sandspit Beach
Daily Times,

KARACHI: More than two green turtles were found dead Monday at Sandspit beach. The exact cause of death is yet to be confirmed but local fishermen believe that the turtles died of marine pollution.

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Breathing new life into NWFP wildlife

PESHAWAR: Almost two decades ago wildlife had not been given much attention as people used it either for decoration of their bungalows or hunting it as a hobby.

Man and wildlife conflicts, habitat degradation, poaching, livestock grazing, unsustainable agriculture practices, soil erosion, industrial and urban pollution were among the factors responsible for non-conservation of wildlife. However, the situation has considerably changed in the NWFP in the recent past due to the effective measures taken by the NWFP Wildlife Department.

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Satellite transmitter tagged on Marine Turtles!

For the conservation of marine turtles, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed among the states of Indian Ocean and South East Asia (IOSEA) region. The regional states can work together to conserve and replenish marine turtle populations.

The year 2006 has been declared as “Year of the Turtle (YoT)” for the IOSEA region. The initiative promotes collaborative and concerted actions to conserve and manage marine turtles as well as the habitats on which they depend. Pakistan is also a signatory to IOSEA MoU.

As a part of the YoT activities, WWF – Pakistan, in collaboration with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and the Sindh Wildlife Department, recently installed transmitters on two marine turtles at Sandspit, Karachi coast.

For the rest of the news and satellite tracking maps of the turtles, please visit WWF-Pakistan website at the link below:

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