WWF-Pakistan catches endangered leopard on camera
KARACHI: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Pakistan, Karachi office released on Tuesday a photo of endangered Common Leopard Panthera pardus captured in Lalazar, Nathiagali.
On contact, press and media relations officer WWF-Pakistan Syed Muhammad Abubakar told Daily Times that a camera installed in the wild has captured the photo.
The Common Leopard Panthera pardus is an endangered species under the Conservation and Assessment Management Plan (CAMP, 2004) conducted by IUCN in Pakistan. WWF-Pakistan is working to save this endangered species under the Common Leopard Conservation Project since 2012.
It is threatened largely because of habitat degradation, encroachments on protected forests, alarming decrease in its natural prey base and conflict with humans.
This species is listed as near threatened on the IUCN red list of endangered species. WWF-Pakistan has been conducting research on food habits, population abundance and genetics of the Common Leopard using camera traps since January 2012.