Recent reports highlight a significant upswing in the Markhor population, the national animal and wild goat of Pakistan, particularly in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Known for its agility, distinctive large spiral horns, and long winter coat, the Markhor primarily resides in the highest mountains of regions like Chitral, Kohistan, and Kalam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as the northern Gilgit-Baltistan area.
According to the Wildlife Department’s report, the Markhor population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has seen a substantial increase, reaching 5,621. This positive trend is credited to heightened awareness against illegal hunting, with notable improvements reported in Swat and Kohistan.
A detailed breakdown reveals Markhor populations in Chitral, Kohistan, and Swat as 2,427, 660, and 159, respectively. These figures underscore commendable conservation efforts, showcasing a positive impact on the natural habitat and population of this iconic species.
As conservation initiatives gain momentum, the flourishing Markhor population serves as evidence of successful conservation endeavors and a promising indicator for the region’s biodiversity. This underscores the ongoing importance of awareness and protective measures for sustained positive outcomes.