Recent reports indicate a notable increase in the population of Pakistan’s national animal, the Markhor, or wild goat, particularly in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Famed for its agility, long winter coat, and distinctive large spiral horns, the Markhor primarily dwells in the highest mountains, encompassing areas like Chitral, Kohistan, and Kalam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as the northern Gilgit-Baltistan region.
As per the Wildlife Department’s report, the Markhor population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has experienced a significant upswing, reaching a total of 5,621. This positive trend is credited to heightened awareness against illegal hunting, with specific improvements noted in Swat and Kohistan.
A detailed breakdown reveals that Markhor populations in Chitral, Kohistan, and Swat stand at 2,427, 660, and 159, respectively. These figures signify commendable efforts in conservation and wildlife protection, showcasing a positive impact on the natural habitat and population of this iconic species.
As conservation initiatives gain momentum, the thriving Markhor population serves not only as a testament to successful conservation endeavors but also as a promising sign for the region’s biodiversity. This underscores the crucial importance of sustained awareness and protective measures for continued success.