PAKISTAN is known for its biodiversity, including endemic wildlife species, and is home to spectacular wild animals and birds. Unfortunately, many exotic animals are close to extinction.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change have compiled a list of critically endangered species. More than 50 species on the list are on the brink of extinction. These include snow leopards, flare-horned markhors, Marco Polo sheep, Ladakh urial, musk deer, brown bear, woolly squirrel, Indus dolphin , tigers, cheetahs, golden mahaseer, green sea turtles, long-billed vultures, yellow-eyed pigeons, voles, caracals and mountain gorillas.
Climate change, human activities, such as habitat fragmentation, poaching, hunting, killing, and anti-environmental practices are driving extinction. The general population should be made aware of the importance of wildlife conservation. Animal extinction must be treated seriously.
If these endangered species continue to disappear at the current rate, Pakistan will lose the magnificence of its landscape.
Posted in Dawn, September 3, 2022