Snow Leopard Rehabilitation & Quarantine Center inaugurates in
Chitral Times Report
GILGIT: The Chief Secretary (CS), Gilgit-Baltistan
inaugurated the Snow Leopard Rehabilitation & Quarantine Center,
Naltar on Friday. The event was attended by the administrative
heads of various government departments, district administrators,
officials of the law enforcing agencies, technical heads and senior
officers of the forest and wildlife department, representatives of
NGOs and elites of the local community.
The Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF) Pakistan established a
world-class Rehabilitation & Quarantine Center at Naltar Valley of
Gilgit-Baltistan to rehabilitate a bereft snow leopard captured in
the periphery of Khunjerab National Park (KNP) on December 30,
2012. This orphaned cub endured four and half years of her life in
a small enclosure set alongside the highway at the entrance of KNP
in a stressful condition before shifting to her new home at Naltar
on October 02, 2016.
The Chief Secretary visited different portions of the facility and
glimpsed the snow leopard. Mr. Jaffar Ud Din, Assistant Director,
SLF and Conservator Wildlife & Parks Department, GB briefed the CS
on the facility and feeding of snow leopard.
This was followed by an inclusive briefing session which started
with the recitation of few verses from the Holey Quran. Mr.
SajjadHaidar, Secretary Forest, Wildlife and Environment, GB
welcomed the Chief Guest and other participants and highlighted the
need and importance of the rehab center. He thanked SLF and its
collaborators for all the prudent technical and financial support
extended to develop this state-of-the-art facility and safe
shifting of snow leopard. This facility is one of its kinds in the
country and hasrelieved the stress that the snow leopard was having
in her makeshift home.
Next, Mr. Jaffar Ud Din narrated about the background and mode of
execution of the project. The SLF developed layout of the facility,
raised funds, oversaw project implementation, developed capacity of
the Wildlife Department staff in managing the facility and
facilitated the transfer of snow leopard, he added.
The CS in his speech said that decline of wildlife species are due
to anthropogenic activities. Conservation of wildlife and other
components of biodiversity is our religious, moral and social
responsibility and I feel privileged to be here and inaugurate such
an important project. He applauded the efforts of SLF and its
collaborators in making this much needed project a reality and said
that SLF will continue its efforts of conservation of iconic fauna
of the region.
Mr. Ghulam Muhammad, Conservator, Wildlife and Parks Department, GB
in his concluding remarks, thanked the honorable chief guest and
other participants for making it convenient to attend the event and
SLF team for successful implementation of the project. The event
wrapped up with refreshment served to participants.