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Animals native to Pakistan only!

Hello people!

This is my first post and I hope you would like it. I’m going to share some interesting facts about wild life of Pakistan. When I searched the net for this topic, there was nothing about it. There where some pages about animals native only to Japan, America and Australia but nothing about Pakistan so I thought why not write something about it. As Pakistan isn’t an island and it is connected to other countries by land therefore there aren’t many animals endemic to Pakistan. So, here are some animals I could find.

1. Indus blind Dolphin (Platanista minor)

  • Introduction:-

It is also called Bhulan. It is also Pakistan’s national aquatic marine   

mammal. It is a sub-specie of South Asian river dolphin. It is one of the most endangered river dolphin. It’s eye sight is very weak, as the name suggests, due to the muddy water of of Indus river.

  • Habitat:-

They are found in Indus river in the area starting from Guddu barrage to Sukkur barrage.

  • Population:-

This is one of the world’s most rarest species and the second most endangered freshwater river dolphin with a population of 821 (Sindh Wildlife department).Steps are being taken to protect the rare creature. 

  • Body description:-

The Indus River Dolphin has a long beak which thickens toward the tip, revealing the large teeth; the mouth line curves upward. The body is stocky with a rounded belly, the flippers are large and paddle-shaped, and there is a low triangular hump in place of a ‘true’ dorsal. The forehead is steep and the blowhole is on the left of the head, above the tiny, poorly-seeing eye. The tail flukes are broad in relation to the body size. Indus River Dolphins are grey-brown in colour, sometimes with a pinkish belly, and measure between 1.5 and 2.5 m in length, weighing a maximum of 90 kg.

  • Diet:-

The species feeds on a variety of shrimp and fish, including carp and catfish. Dolphins are usually encountered on their own or in loose aggregations; they do not form tight, obviously interacting groups.

 2. Pakistan sand cat (Felis Margarita Scheffeli)

  • Introduction:-

This cat is a sub-specie of Felismargarita. The Sand cat is one of the

smallest of all the wild cat  species.

  • Habitat:-

As its name implies the sand cat is commonly found in sandy desert areas. Despite early reports that the sand cat population of Baluchistan’s Chagai desert was devastated by commercial collectors within 10 years after foreign collectors became aware of its existence, more recent information indicates that the sand cat still occurs widely in the area. But, still the Sand Cat is rare in Pakistan and is only found in the Chagai desert in South west Baluchistan.

  • Population:-

Its exact population is unknown but The Pakistan Sand Cat is considered endangered and will not survive until stronger wildlife laws are put in to place to stop it’s export from Pakistan.

  • Body description:-

Its body which is about the size of a small domestic cat – a male measures up to 57 cm and weighs only 3 kg. The coat varies in colour from grey to sandy yellow and is marked irregularly with indistinct stripy markings – the legs are often banded with horizontal dark stripes. Characteristic dark reddish/drown markings appear on the cheeks and to the side of the eyes as well as covering the rear of the ears – the chin and throat of the sand cat are white.

  • Diet:-

The sand cat is solitary and nocturnal in its hunting. It stays at its den during day time at sunset the cat will become active, moving away from its den in search of prey at the onset of darkness. The extent of the sand cats prey species is uncertain, however its is known to include small rodents such as gerbil and jerboas, insects, reptiles, including venomous desert snakes and birds. Caching of larger prey has been observed – the sand cat using loose sand to cover its kill. It is probable that as well as taking prey on the surface, sand cats may also use there strong fore limbs to dig into the burrows of certain species of diurnal gerbil. Interestingly, and again by way of adapting to its environment the sand cat can live without drinking water, instead obtaining all the fluid it requires from its prey.

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  1. Aslam Yar Khatak
    December 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    You are right, I didn’t found any thing on the net about this topic. It’s a nice blog.

    • December 16, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Thanks a lot. There are actually some more animals I recently came to know of. I’ll be writing about them so keep following this blog. Thanks again!

    • December 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Thanks and I hope this blog of mine made you proud of your country 🙂

  2. Irfan Ul Haq
    December 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Wow! nice topic I’ll be waiting for more of these animals. And also write about snow leopard. 🙂

    • December 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Thnks! I’ll be adding some more animals soon and I’m going to write about Snow Leopard soon.

  3. sagheer
    November 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    False information. Sand Cat is not only in Pakistan. Also the picuture of that cat is from Zoo in England.

  4. February 4, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    there some other animals too like bulachistan bear,Hymalian bear…..

  5. faria
    June 25, 2015 at 4:55 am

    i have read that the indus dolphin have no lense or something like that therefore she use echosystem to prey….i dont think so its because of muddy water that she has low vision..can u plz correct me?

  1. December 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

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