Endangered Species of Pakistan

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Introduction:
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. .........................................

“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 leopard.

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“Baluchistan Bear”
The Baluchistan bear is a type of Asiatic bear. It is also referred to as the "moon bear" due to a crescent-shaped mark on its chest. These solitary bears live in forest habitats and can weigh over 300 pounds. The Baluchistan bear is found only in the province of Baluchistan in southwest Pakistan and in southeastern Iran. These bears now face extinction due to...
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