Pakistan plays host to many different species of humans and animals. I’m not talking about stray dogs, donkeys and cats you see everywhere; I’m talking about real wild animals that you’ve probably only seen on National Geographic. Here are a few wild animals that are found in and around Pakistan:
1. Snow Leopard
The snow leopard is an endangered species and can be found in the Northern areas of Pakistan.
2. Sand Cat
The sand cat is native to Pakistan, it is the smallest of the wild cats and can be found in the deserts of Pakistan.
3. Indus river Dolphin
Can be found along the river Indus. The Indus river dolphin is smaller than other dolphins.
4. White head duck
This duck can be found all over Pakistan. The male has a white head with a blue bill, while the female duck looks like an ordinary duck.
5. Himalayan Black Bear
Found in the mountainous areas of Kashmir, Swat, Khagan, and Southern Chirtal – this bear is medium sized and has a white V shaped patch on it’s chest. They weigh from anywhere between 110 kg to 200 kg.
6. Brown Bear
Found near Hunza and Gilgit this bear is much larger and can weigh up to 390kg.
7. Red Fox
Found mostly in places like Murree and Azad Kashmir, the red fox can be found further north in mountainous ranges too.
8. Ruppell’s Fox
This fox can be found in Balochistan and can be seen near sandy areas such as the desert.
9. Woolly Flying Squirrel
Found in Gilgit Baltistan, this squirrel can not exactly fly but with it’s excess skin it can glide from tree to tree.
10. Stripped Hyena
These hyenas are bigger than other hyenas and have a bigger mane. The striped hyena is found in the mountainous ranges of Balochistan, Sindh, Kohistan and certain areas of KPK.
11. Mugger crocodile
The mugger crocodile can be found in lakes and marshes around Karachi. It is medium sized and can grow up to 16 feet.
12. Siberian Ibex
With short legs and heavy bodies the Siberian Ibex can be found in the higher mountain ranges of Karakorum, the Harmosh range and Deosai.
13. Fishing Cat
Unlike other cats this cat is not afraid of the water and can actually swim. They can be found along the lower reaches of the Indus river.
14. Pallas Cat
This cat was named after Peter Pallas who discovered the animal. They can be found in small areas in Balochistan and in Gilgit-Baltistan. These cats prefer living in cold arid environments.
15. Soft Shell Turtle
This turtle, unlike other turtles, has a leathery shell and is longer than most turtles. It can be found near the River Indus and the Sutlej river.
16. Grey Langur
This adaptable animal that can survive in any region can only be found in Azad Kashmir and Khagan.
Found in the mountainous regions in Northern and Western Pakistan, this wild goat has the most distinct looking horns.