Thar identified as Vulture Safe Zone in Pakistan

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Staff Reporter

Karachi

While a decline in vulture populations has been witnessed across Pakistan over the years, Tharparkar has been identified as a major sanctuary for these
scavenging birds.
As per a pre-monsoon survey undertaken by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in collaboration with Sindh Wildlife Department, the Zoological Survey of Pakistan over 450 White-backed, Long-billed, Red-headed, and Egyptian vultures were spotted in Tharparkar and a much smaller number in the Kirthar Range.
The geographic scope of the survey, undertaken as part of an ongoing vulture conservation project in the province, was also facilitated by Baanhn Beli with the financial support of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC).
Khirthar National Park was reported to have been identified as one of the new potential sites for vulture population.