Sunday, 6 January 2013

Endangered Wildlife

Endangered Wildlife Detail
Pakistan is home to a number of endangered species, including the woolly flying squirrel, markhor, blue whale, Pakistan sand cat, the ibex wild goat, and several species of birds, whales and turtles. Certain mammals which could be found in abundance at one time have now become the rarest mammals in the world, such as the snow leopard, the Marco Polo sheep and the Indus river dolphin. In response to the decrease in Pakistan's wildlife population, the government plans on increasing the number of national parks. However, for many of the endangered species of Pakistan, it will be too little, too late.
Indus River Dolphin
The Indus River dolphin is endemic to the lower Indus basin rivers in Pakistan. They are 5 to 8 ft. in length. Their habitat once ranged from the Indus delta upstream to the Himalayan foothills. However, the construction of dams and barrages has severely limited the dolphins' movement and habitat, as has increasing withdrawal of water for agricultural and industrial use. The plight of the once plentiful Indus River dolphin has become emblematic of wildlife's struggle for survival in Pakistan.
Snow Leopard
The short limbs of these medium-sized cats make them excellent rock climbers and cliff scalers, and their thick coat of fur allows them to live in high altitudes. In fact, their coat is so beautiful that a fur coat made of snow leopard could once fetch as much as $50,000 in the United States.
Their habitat is mostly high, rocky terrain, including the Hindu Kush and Karakoram Mountains in Pakistan. These northern areas of Pakistan provide over 80 percent of the country's available habitat for snow leopards.
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