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Publish Date: 07 October 2018 - 09:24
Wildlife experts have expressed concern over an alarming decline in the population of snow leopards in Pakistan, citing climate change and lack of eco-friendly tourism as the leading factors behind threats to the species.
ECO-IEST: Wildlife experts have expressed concern over an alarming decline in the population of snow leopards in Pakistan, citing climate change and lack of eco-friendly tourism as the leading factors behind threats to the species.
Speaking to Dawn, wildlife ecology scholar Shoaib Hameed said that climate change was the biggest threat to survival of snow leopards and other rare species in the northern areas. He said that due to climate change snow-covered areas that served as habitat to the species were rapidly decreasing.

Muhammad Kabir, who is a lecturer in the forestry and wildlife management depart­­­ment of University of Hari­pur, said that snow leopard was considered as the most beautiful species among wildcats.

There are only 11 countries in the world other than Pakistan where snow leopards are found. Climate change, lack of eco-friendly tourism cited as reasons.

At present, between 4,500 and 7,500 snow leopards exist across the world and in Pakistan, according to previous estimates, between 320 and 400 snow leopards were found in the Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindukush.


Source: DAWN.Com
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