Qamar F.M.,Geographic Information System Laboratory |
Ali H.,Geographic Information System Laboratory |
Ashraf S.,University of Waikato |
Daud A.,University of Punjab |
And 3 more authors.
Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences | Year: 2011
The forests of the Western Himalaya - particularly the temperate forests - have been reliably identified as a 'biodiversity hotspot', a global priority for the conservation of biodiversity. Machiara National Park, Chitral Gol National Park and Pallas valley lie within the boundary of Western Himalayan Ecoregion. There are a number of wildlife ecologists and biologists who have studied and surveyed these areas at different times and compiled the species data with more or less account of the spatial distribution. In the current study distribution of the key fauna species and habitat maps were developed based on the sighting data, vegetation type and other terrain factors including altitude, slope and aspect. Habitat maps of five mammals including Snow leopard, Common leopard, Musk deer, Grey langur and Wolf in Machiara National Park, habitat map of the Western Tragopan in Pallas Valley and habitat maps of seven mammal species including Snow leopard, Yellow throated martin, Long tailed marmot, Indian wolf, Flying squirrel, Cape hare, and Asiatic jackal in Chitral Gol National Park were developed.