The Himalayan Ibex in Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan
The Himalayan Ibex were instinct in Pakistan just a decade ago and it was because of the illegal hunting. Rarely one would see one that even only those who could go to the mountains.
After imposing a ban on the illegal hunting of Ibex by the government in collaboration with local community organizations it is very satisfying to see in the recent years these Himalayan Ibexes growing in large number and are easily seen by the local people of the mountain regions in Gilgit Baltistan. The ibexes even come down to the villages with no fear in large group mostly in the winter season. Thanks to the stakeholder playing their role in the conservation of these rare species. Their presence in its natural habitat is essential to maintain healthy ecosystem.
Himalayan Ibex (Capra ibex sibirica) is symbol of arid and rocky mountain of Karakoram, Hindukush and Himalayas of Gilt-Baltistan. The males have heavy body, large horns, long bears and females are small body small horns.
Himalayan ibex are found at about 3,660 m to over 5,000 m height in Pakistan, in summer but these can be seen at below 2,135 m during snow fall in winter. The Himalayan ibex is widespread in the higher mountain ranges of Karakoram, Hindukush and Himalayan mountain ranges, of Gilt-Baltistan.
Pictures taken at Ghulkin village on March 28, 2020.