|Date||11 Apr 2006|
The Pir Panjal Markhor is a globally threatened species. Our surveys have confirmed their presence in 3-4 small pockets in the strife torn state of Jammu-Kashmir, India, where less than 300 survive. This study identified poaching, competition with livestock, fragmentation of habitat and lack of awareness as the primary threats to the species.
No information is available on the seasonal resource utilization and threat mitigation options for the species, which is a significant hurdle for development of a conservation action plan for its recovery. This project aims to bridge the gap through collection of critical information on the species’ seasonal ranges, habitat usage, threats, and local human dependence, and device ways of mitigating some immediate threats. In particular we will produce awareness material targeted at the local community, military and Government officials to highlight the critical status of the species and its importance in local heritage.
Read about Yash's previous project http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/Projects/YashVeerBhatnagar or for more information contact:
Markhor habitat in the study area (Limber Wildlife Sanctuary).
Babgail village in the Limber Valley, this is the starting point of all our expeditions.
Camping in cave during a survey of the Limber Wildlife Sanctuary in December 2004.