To mark International Snow Leopard Day on Saturday, the World Wildlife Fund Pakistan (WWF) launched footage of two snow leopard cubs discovered thriving in Dhee Nala, within the buffer zone of Khunjerab National Park, the place group members have reported a rise within the variety of snow leopards within the Karakoram vary.
The outstanding footage, captured by native wildlife photographer Imtiaz Ahmad, highlights how the snow leopard is necessary in holding the native ecosystem in stability, with their presence indicating the nice well being of their high-altitude habitat.
Studies estimate the snow leopard habitat in Pakistan to be round 80,000 sq. kilometres, which varieties 4.5% of the worldwide snow leopard vary. Only 11% of this habitat vary has been researched because the tough terrain and harsh weather conditions make analysis significantly tough.
A current WWF report means that between 221-450 snow leopards are killed yearly globally, with round 55% of them in retaliation to the leopard preying on folks’s livestock.
Despite this, it’s encouraging to see native wildlife photographers capturing distinctive footage which is useful in offering crucial data concerning the snow leopard vary and habitat and collaborating in efforts to create consciousness concerning the significance of those massive cats.
The photographer has been following these cubs since beginning and continues to take action now that they’re six months outdated.
“I have captured this unique footage of snow leopard cubs and have also been developing videos so that my community can learn more about this species, understand how they are linked to our lives, change perceptions around them and save them from extinction. When I follow these cubs through my lens, I am hopeful about their future,” the photographer mentioned.
For over 5 many years, WWF-Pakistan has been working to revive and preserve endangered wildlife species within the nation by supporting the administration of nationwide parks, lowering battle between snow leopards and communities, boosting rural growth, and mitigating unlawful wildlife commerce.
Sharing his feedback on the video, Rab Nawaz, Senior Director Programmes WWF-Pakistan mentioned, “It is vital that we recognise the importance of the habitat that supports this species, not only for the sustainability of local livelihoods but also the millions of people who live on the plains of which the glaciers provide tonnes of fertile sediment vital for agriculture”.
“Due to habitat degradation and unsustainable infrastructure developments, the survival of many threatened species, including the snow leopard, hangs in the balance. Climate change is making it harder to undertake conservation efforts with communities experiencing extreme poverty caused by climate-related shocks,” Nawaz said.
The footage might be considered on WWF- Pakistan’s social media channels.