Spotting a herd of about 50 Himalayan ibex near Khyber village, Hunza Valley wasn’t just a coincidence!
On a journey to film the habitat and associated wildlife of Passu Glacier, the WWF team spotted ibex tracks along the precipitous mountain ridge. Found at an average altitude of 3,660 metres, ibex usually come down the mountain due to snow and in search of food in the winter season.
The population faces numerous threats across its range in Pakistan, from habitat loss to illegal hunting, climate change, and lack of awareness about the species. Despite these challenges, a significant increase has been recorded in their population as a result of continued and concerted efforts of the local community, Gilgit-Baltistan Wildlife Department and WWF. According to a survey conducted in 2019 by the government and local communities, almost 1,500 ibex were sighted in Ghulkin catchments.
Does this video inspire you to get to know more about the hidden treasures of our country?