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Encyclopedia > Wildlife of Afghanistan

Afghanistan has long been known for its rich and diverse wildlife, as recorded in the memoirs of Babur, founder of the Mughal dynasty that ruled the country from 1483 to 1530. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Binomial name Ursus thibetanus (G. Cuvier, 1823) Thibetanus bear range Synonyms Selenarctos thibetanus The Asiatic Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus), also known as the Tibetan black bear, the Himalayan black bear, or the moon bear, is a medium sized, sharp-clawed, black-coloured bear with a distinctive white or cream V... Zāhir ud-Dīn Mohammad, commonly known as Bābur (February 14, 1483 – December 26, 1530) (Chaghatay/Persian: ‎ , Hindi: ज़हिर उद-दीन मुहम्मद; also spelled ), was a Muslim Emperor from Central Asia who founded the Mughal dynasty of India. ... Events The São Tomé settlement is founded. ... June 25 - Augsburg confession presented to Charles V of Holy Roman Empire. ...


For the majority of people in Afghanistan, natural resources are the source of their livelihood and the basis of their existence. “Virtually the entire land surface of Afghanistan has been used for centuries – whether for local farming or, on a more wide-reaching basis, for livestockgrazing, fuelwood collection and hunting”, says Pekka Haavisto, Chairman of the Afghanistan Task Force of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and former Finnish Minister for Environment. In 2003 a Post-Conflict Environment Assessment Report, revelaed how warfare in Afghanistan had degraded the environment. The report partly also focus on the dramatic decrease of wildlife due to poaching, and outlines ways to respond to these threats. Klaus Töpfer, former UNEP Exec. ...


Many of the larger mammals in the country are categorized by IUCN as globally threatened. These include snow leopard, the markhor, Marco Polo sheep, urial, and Asiatic black bear. Other species of interest are e.g. ibex, wolf, and brown bear. Most of the Marco Polo and Ibex are being poached for food, whereas wolves, Snow leopards and bears are being killed for demage prevention. Binomial name Uncia uncia Schreber, 1775 Synonyms Panthera uncia The snow leopard (Uncia uncia[1] or Panthera uncia[2]), sometimes known as the ounce, is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of central and southern Asia. ... Binomial name Capra falconeri (Wagner, 1839) The Markhor (Capra falconeri) is a goat-antelope found in sparse woodland in the Western Himalayas. ... Marco Polo sheep is a species of sheep that takes its name from famed explorer Marco Polo. ... Binomial name Ovis vignei Blyth, 1841 The Urial is a medium-sized wild sheep and as such is considered a member of the goat antelope subfamily. ... Binomial name Ursus thibetanus (G. Cuvier, 1823) Thibetanus bear range Synonyms Selenarctos thibetanus The Asiatic Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus), also known as the Tibetan black bear, the Himalayan black bear, or the moon bear, is a medium sized, sharp-clawed, black-coloured bear with a distinctive white or cream V... Species Capra ibex Capra nubiana Capra pyrenaica Capra sibiria Capra walie See also Ibex (vehicle) ifor the specialist off-road vehicle, and the Ibex Valley. ... Wolf Wolf Man Mount Wolf Wolf Prizes Wolf Spider Wolf 424 Wolf 359 Wolf Point Wolf-herring Frank Wolf Friedrich Wolf Friedrich August Wolf Hugo Wolf Johannes Wolf Julius Wolf Max Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf Maximilian Wolf Rudolf Wolf Thomas Wolf As Name Wolf Breidenbach Wolf Hirshorn Other The call... Binomial name Ursus arctos Linnaeus, 1758 Ursus arctos range map. ...


The fur, however, is being sold to aid workers and foreign soldiers as souvenir on local markets.


With two million returning refugees in 2002 and a further 1.5 million expected in 2003, pressure on Afghanistan’s natural resources are set to increase further. The UNEP Report makes it clear that environmental restoration must play a major part in the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan An environment is a complex of external factors that acts on a system and determines its course and form of existence. ...


See also

Now the worlds rarest monkey, the golden langur typifies the precarious survival of much of Indias megafauna. ... Wildlife of Iran includes its flora and fauna and their natural habitats. ... Glimpses of biodiversity India is one of the high biodiversity regions of the world with three biodiversity hotspots - the Western Ghats, the Eastern Himalayas and the Indo-Burma regions. ... . ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...

References

  • Afghanistan’s wildlife under threat; The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation

External links

  • “Online Photo Galleries” on Nature and Wildlife of India at "India Nature Watch (INW)" - spreading the love of nature and wildlife in India through photography

 
 

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