- 50 Himalayan ibex present in Hunza Valley
- Himalayan ibex indigenous to Pakistan’s Himalayan and Karakoram vary.
- WWF-Pakistan’s workforce captured the footage with a neighborhood wildlife photographer
LAHORE: The World Wildlife Fund – Pakistan captured uncommon footage of about 50 Himalayan ibex close to Passu Glacier in Hunza Valley, The Information reported Thursday.
The Himalayan ibex is indigenous to Pakistan’s Himalayan and Karakoram vary.
WWF-Pakistan’s workforce captured the footage with a neighborhood wildlife photographer to know how communities have protected wildlife within the space, a press assertion by the WWF-Pakistan learn.
Recording such a lot of Himalayan ibex on movie in Gilgit-Baltistan is a uncommon sight hinting at a wholesome ecosystem that may assist giant predators comparable to snow leopards, lynx and wolves.
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On their journey to movie the habitat and related wildlife of Passu Glacier, the workforce got here throughout ibex tracks down the precipitous mountain ridges.
The species could be discovered at an altitude of about 3,660 to over 5,000 metres and normally comes right down to 2,135 metres on account of snow and searching for meals within the winter season.
Wildlife filmmaker Nyal Mueenuddin, WWF-Pakistan and native photographer Imtiaz Ahmed filmed a herd of not less than 50 Himalayan ibex, together with females with their yearlings in Khyber village, Hunza Valley.
Threats to ibex inhabitants
The ibex inhabitants faces quite a few threats throughout its vary in Pakistan, from habitat loss to unlawful searching, local weather change, and lack of knowledge concerning the species.
In keeping with Imtiaz Ahmed, “When it comes to filming wildlife, being patient is of paramount importance and one should not get discouraged by harsh weather conditions or difficult terrain. It is because we had patience that we were lucky enough to film this rare sight,” Ahmed said, adding that we should do as much as we can to protect the beautiful wildlife in these areas so that our next generation can witness and experience their existence.
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“My hope is that through my pictures and footage, I can raise awareness among the public about animals that inhabit our northern areas. It is time for us to be one with nature and do what we can to protect it,” he stated.
WWF-Pakistan Senior Director Programmes Rab Nawaz stated that after greater than three a long time, it may be reported that the inhabitants of ibex is growing. “The sighting of such a big herd is a welcome indicator of the conservation success of WWF in its fiftieth yr in Pakistan,” he stated.
WWF initiated a research-based challenge in Bar Valley, Nagar district, Gilgit-Baltistan in 1990 with the Aga Khan Rural Assist Programme (AKRSP) to guard the Himalayan ibex, its related wildlife species and their habitat.
The movie could be accessed on WWF-Pakistan’s YouTube channel.