Snow leopards: Cat on camera

With some help, an endangered leopard claws its way forward towards freedom


Snow leopards have been mandated ‘critically endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The animal’s total population in Pakistan is estimated to be between 100 and 200. Therefore, as the country’s national heritage animal, it is critical to protect snow leopards and provide a safe habitat for them.

A two-year-old snow leopard was recently rescued by a local of Sost village in upper Hunza. PHOTO: ALI KHURSHID 

Recently, a local, Farmaan Raza, of Sost village in upper Hunza rescued a two-year-old snow leopard from a partially frozen river. He designed a large cage  to protect the animal and has been taking special care of her. As part of the rescue effort, a team from the US will be coming to Pakistan to train the animal to hunt. They will later pair her with a male snow leopard from the US and set her free in Naltar village, Gilgit-Baltistan. Such acts of kindness can go a long way in saving the dwindling species.

Ali Khurshid is a photographer. You can follow his visual diary on Instagram @alikhurshid1

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, May 24th, 2015.


mehk | 7 years ago | Reply heroic act!
Ali S | 7 years ago | Reply Pakistan's treatment of humans is so abysmal that animals are hardly spared a thought (articles on animal welfare hardly get any hits or comments on this site), but just look at the majesty of these beautiful creatures. I hope we do everything we can to bring them out of endangered status. People like Farmaan Raza are a ray of hope - good on him for protecting the leopard. It's always the poor village folk who empathize with the plight of animals.
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