Endangered species: Injured cub rescued by wildlife authorities

Will be released to its natural habitat after it fully recovers.

Our Correspondent January 01, 2013
Khunjerab National Park is the third largest park of the country and one of world’s highest parks at altitude ranging between 3,660 metres to 6,000 metres. PHOTO: FILE


The Gigit-Baltistan Wildlife Department has taken into custody an injured snow leopard cub after it was spotted at a river bank in Gojal valley on the China border.

A leopard, possibly its mother, was believed to be accompanying the cub when it (the cub) got injured as they attempted to cross a river in the Khunjerab National Park, the third largest park of the country and one of world’s highest parks at altitude ranging between 3,660 metres to 6,000 metres.

“The cub that is about seven to eight months old, is in stable condition now,” Aftab Mehmood, divisional forest officer at the wildlife department told The Express Tribune on Monday. The cub was taken to a hut owned by the wildlife department where it was given medical treatment.

Aftab Mehmood

“We are looking at the causes that might have led to its injuries,” Mehmood said, adding that the cub would be released into its wild habitat once it recovers completely.

Snow leopard, also called Uncia uncial has been enlisted as “endangered” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 1st, 2013. 


Muhammad Zafar Khan | 8 years ago | Reply It is not the first incidence in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), it happens quite often when a wild animal gets injured, orphaned or displaced. You may remember Leo, which was handed over to Bronx zoo with a view to be rehabilitated. Last year in another incidence an injured/diseased snow leopard was caught by locals in Skardu but we could not save its life. The problem we have in GB is the absence of a rescue/ rehabilitation centre for wild animals. In addition, require skills and expertise are also lacking in this part of the world. I wish, learning from the Leo’s experience a centre would have been established in GB to deal with such incidences. KVO’s efforts are worth-mentioning. Despite losing a large number of their precious livestock to snow leopard and other predator these people are still taking care of wild beasts….It is a question for all concerned people including myself, GB Wildlife Department, Bronx zoo, and everyone who are claimed to be conservationists.. Muhammad Zafar Khan Gilgit, Pakistan
Rehmat | 8 years ago | Reply

Nice work,,, they have done a great job.

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