Large herd of Himalayan ibex filmed in Hunza valley – Newspaper

Large herd of Himalayan ibex filmed in Hunza valley – Newspaper

KARACHI: A uncommon sighting of about 50 Himalayan ibex, together with females with their younger ones, was lately recorded close to the Passu glacier in Hunza valley, the World Huge Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P) reported on Wednesday.

The footage was captured within the Khyber village by Nyal Mueenuddin, a wildlife film-maker related to WWF-P, and Imtiaz Ahmed, a neighborhood photographer, who had been filming Passu glacier’s ecology and related habitat.

The group got here throughout ibex tracks down the precipitous mountain ridges. The species could be discovered at an altitude of about three,660 to over 5,000 metres and often comes all the way down to 2,135 metres on account of snow and in quest of meals within the winter season.

“The presence of such numerous Himalayan ibex within the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) area signifies a wholesome ecosystem that may assist massive predators resembling snow leopards, lynx and wolves,” mentioned Rab Nawaz, senior director programmes at WWF-P, including that the group had been engaged in conservation efforts within the area for a very long time.

‘The presence of such numerous ibex within the Gilgit-Baltistan area signifies a wholesome ecosystem’

The ibex inhabitants, in keeping with the organisation, faces quite a few threats throughout its vary in Pakistan, from habitat loss to unlawful looking, local weather change, and ignorance in regards to the species.

Nonetheless, on account of the group’s efforts on this area, in addition to efforts of native guards and GB wildlife division, their inhabitants is seen to be growing.

“In relation to filming wildlife, one factor which is of paramount significance is the photographer’s endurance. She or he should not get discouraged by harsh climate circumstances or troublesome terrain. My message is that we should always do as a lot as we will to guard the gorgeous wildlife in these areas in order that our subsequent technology can witness and expertise their existence,” mentioned Imtiaz Ahmed.

The WWF-P initiated a research-based mission within the Bar valley, Nagar district, Gilgit-Baltistan in 1990 with the Aga Khan Rural Help Programme to guard the Himalayan ibex, its related wildlife species and their habitat.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was additionally signed with communities and Gilgit-Baltistan Parks and Wildlife Division, which specified that the locals would defend their pure sources, particularly the ibex inhabitants.

“Because the current footage signifies, these initiatives yielded constructive outcomes. Additional interventions proceed to be applied to not solely change human attitudes in direction of wildlife safety but additionally to scale back human-wildlife battle,” mentioned Rab Nawaz.

The movie, which could be accessed on WWF-Pakistan’s YouTube channel, paperwork the group’s uncommon sighting and in addition highlights the efforts taken behind the lens to movie the ibex.

Revealed in Daybreak, January 14th, 2021

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