By Ayesha Aman
People say the woods are scary, I hear them whispering about it when they’re passing through. I never understood why, maybe it was because they didn’t know it as well as I thought I did. It was the only place I’ve ever called home. My daddy brought us to this part of the forest when the elder called for our species to grow. They used a very hard word, something like extension or extinction – mommy said he meant us deer were dying out. So I left my friends behind and followed my parents all the way here. Continue reading
On Snow Leopard Day this year we highlight the threat this beautiful big cat faces.
For livestock herders Shafyat Ali and Muhammad Ibrahim, life has changed. In Hoper Valley, Pakistan, global climate change has had a visible impact on the environment so crucial for their livelihoods. Over the last 25 years the snowline has shifted upwards by about 1,000 m. Vegetation has shifted upwards with it, and summers are warmer and longer. This means herders have had to change their traditional behaviours; “Twenty years back we used to stay in high altitude pastures from mid-May till mid-September but now they go 10 to 15 days early (mid-April) and return back late again 10 to 15 days (first week of October) from the pastures.” Continue reading
Usually, I go to bed late at night. I read an article or go through an eye-catching and inspirational book. But when I fail to find something interesting, I turn on the television. I believe that newspapers, media and books are a good source of information and keep people updated with the latest developments in the world. Above all, social media has made human interaction and access to information easy in far reaching areas. In the current era, one can get in touch with family and friends in any corner of the world in just a few moments. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. It could be rightly called the power of media in general and social media in particular. Relating to this, there is a story that I want to share with my colleagues and other readers. Continue reading
By Shahrukh Nasim Khan
The visualization is quite appealing, slightly smaller than large cats but the tail extending out tremendously. The extensive fur, along with its smoky gray and golden color makes it almost glamorous. They are known as “mountain ghosts” due to their elusive nature. They are known to adapt to the hardest environmental conditions. They tend to be unknown in whatever step they take in the wildlife. Continue reading
by Dr Uzma Khan
Nagar Parker is the only colony of the long-billed vulture in Pakistan and Karoonjhar hills are important because these are used for nesting by this species. Continue reading
Monitor lizards derive their names from the word ‘monitor’ as they tend to stand on their hind legs and scout the area for any predators, thus it should not be a surprising element to the sighting of a monitor lizard standing on its hind legs. However, it does give rise to curiosity and makes the moment rare enough to be spotted on the exact same time to be able to locate and position to take a clear shot from a camera. The occasion is bound to be filled with adrenaline rush and amazement making it a wildlife moment for me, and to able to document it in my wildlife diaries is a rare moment. Continue reading
Published on 14 December 2014
Pakistan is blessed with a coastline which stretches for 1050km and is home to a number of rare reptiles such as the Olive Ridley, hawksbill, leatherback and green turtles. Of these, all but the green turtle are rarely reported from the area. The green turtle arrives annually on the beaches of Sandspit, Karachi to lay its eggs. These turtles, a gift of nature, not only protect marine life by feeding on harmful algae but also restore the environment’s balance. Continue reading
Published in Young Nation on 28 December 2013
Bears; a beautiful creation of Allah Almighty are a gift of nature. No doubt their gigantic size may frighten many and this might be a prime cause of human-bear conflict but their delicate heart must be seen before threatening them. They never threat humans; in fact humans through their ruthless activities killed them. Moreover, encroachments on their habitats and poaching by hunters have led to a considerable decrease in their population all over the world. Continue reading
Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2014.
Flamingoes are beautiful birds that are also associated with the mythological bird, phoenix. Their thin, long legs, elongated curvy neck and pink plumage are fascinating. It is astounding how they wade through water with their beaks submerged. This curved beak sieves water to collect tiny pieces of food such as algae, which is also their very beauty secret. The ‘carotenoids’ in algae adorn them with the pink plumage. Interestingly, flamingoes are born grey and gradually become pink because of the food. If we eat more watermelons and carrots, we will also show the natural blush! Ladies, we should take inspiration from the wildlife.