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Ayubia National Park

About Ayubia National Park

Ayubia National Park is a small park situated amongst the majestic Murree hills. This park provides refuge to the elusive leopard and the black bear. The park supports one of the best remaining examples of moist Himalayan temperate forest in Pakistan and is surrounded by seven major villages and three small towns (Nathiagali, Ayubia and Khanspur). The national park consists entirely of reserve forests, which spill out of the park area on the west and south sides This park provides refuge to the elusive leopard and the black bear. Bird watching is excellent here. Some of the bird species pass through the park on migration. The population of the Koklass Pheasant and the rare Kalij Pheasant are the highest known for Pakistan. Only 30 individuals of the Kalij Pheasant are known to exist in the park. The scenery is superb with huge pine forests covering the hills and providing shelter to the larger and smaller mammals.

Mammals in the park include Asiatic leopard, Black bear, Yellow throated marten, Kashmir hill fox, Red Flying squirrel, Himalayan palm civet, Masked civet and Rhesus Macaque.

For bird watchers, there is a wide range of species like the Golden eagle, Griffon vulture, Honey buzzard, Peregrine falcon, Kestrel, Indian sparrow hawk, Hill pigeon, Spotted dove and Collared dove.

Chitral Gol National Park

Chitral Gol National Park is situated in the beautiful valley of Chitral. A Snow Leopard Found in Chitral Gol Best time to visit this park is from May to September. Chitral Gol is a narrow valley, its gorge running for some 18km before broadening out into a basin surrounded by high peaks. Numerous tributaries drain into the Chitral Gol, which flows southwards into the Kunar River. This park is famous for its Markhor goats, estimated 100-125 in 1970, and 225 in 1975. A more recent estimate indicates a population size of 650. Other ungulates, such as Siberian ibex and Ladakh urial (Shapu), occur in very small numbers, as do black bear. The status of snow leopard changed from tenuous security in 1970 to seriously threatened by 1974. The species does not appear to be resident, visiting the park occasionally. Wolves are seen less frequently following restrictions on grazing by livestock. visitors and visitor Facilities Include two hunting lodges, originally built by the Mehtars. The park also provides shelter to the elusive snow leopard and the occasional Black Bear. ayubia.jpg

Common birds found in the park are; Lammergier vulture, Griffon vulture, Golden eagle, Demosille crane( Passage migrant), Peregrine falcon, Himalayan snowcock, Himalayan monal, Snow partridge and rock Partridge.