REVIEW OF THE DISTRIBUTION, STATUS AND CONSERVATION OF THE WILDLIFE OF SINDH Page No: 4519-4533

By: Syed Ali Ghalib, Roohi Kanwal, Afsheen Zehra, Saima Siddiqui, Babar Hussain, Ghazala Yasmeen, Ubaid Ullah, Uzma Manzoor, Noreen Raza and Abeda Begum

Keywords: IBAs of sindh, protected areas, biodiversity of sindh, threatened species

Abstract: Wildlife Surveys were undertaken in the prime wildlife habitats of Sindh during 2010 – 2018 and a total of 82 species of mammals, 420 species of birds, 103 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians and 33 important plant species were recorded from these areas. There are total 50 Protected Areas in Sindh which have an extensive value regarding vertebrate biodiversity. The key species include: Sind Wild Goat, Urial, Chinkara, Leopard, Bluebull, Hog Deer, Hyaena, Caracal, Honey Badger, Fishing Cat, Desert Fox, Indus Dolphin, Humpback Dolphin, Indian Peafowl, Sarus Crane, Houbara Bustard, Marbled Teal, Grey Partridge, Chakur, Indian Whitebacked Vulture, Indian Longbilled Vulture, Shaheen Falcon, Marsh Crocodile, Green Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Indian Python, Desert Monitor, Fat tailed Gecko, Spiny tailed Lizard and Freshwater Turtles. The major threats to the wildlife of the Province are: poaching, habitat degradation and lack of management. A total of 40 threatened wildlife species have been recorded. To conserve the threatened species and their habitats, an action plan is suggested.



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