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17 Animals You Won’t Believe Can Be Found In Pakistan
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Published: Sep 6, 2015

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.

Source: glogster.com
Source: glogster.com

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.

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Source: youtube.com

3. Indus river Dolphin

Can be found along the river Indus. The Indus river dolphin is smaller than other dolphins.

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Source: dawn.com

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.

Source: ontfin.com
Source: ontfin.com

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.

black bear
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6. Brown Bear

Found near Hunza and Gilgit this bear is much larger and can weigh up to 390kg.

brown bear
Source: defence.pk

7. Red Fox

Found mostly in places like Murree and Azad Kashmir, the red fox can be found further north in mountainous ranges too.

Source: tribune.com.pk
Source: tribune.com.pk

8. Ruppell’s Fox

This fox can be found in Balochistan and can be seen near sandy areas such as the desert.

Source: canids.org
Source: canids.org

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.

Source: pakistan.tv
Source: pakistan.tv

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.

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Source: allshorevirtualstaffing.com

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.

Source: en.wikipedia.org
Source: en.wikipedia.org

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.

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Source: infomazza.com

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.

fishing cat
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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.

Source: archipelagofiles.com
Source: archipelagofiles.com

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.

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Source: cambodia.panda.org

16. Grey Langur

This adaptable animal that can survive in any region can only be found in Azad Kashmir and Khagan.

Source: monkeyland.co.za
Source: monkeyland.co.za

17. Markhor

Found in the mountainous regions in Northern and Western Pakistan, this wild goat has the most distinct looking horns.

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Source: flickr.com

Have you ever spotted any of these animals in Pakistan?